Kolkata fire chief warns of old electrical wiring in commercial spaces | Calcutta News

KOLKATA: Old and dilapidated electrical wiring in markets and shopping areas in northern and central Kolkata is the biggest threat to fire safety, Chief Fire and Emergency Services Jag Mohan said on Friday , when interacting with members of the business community.
He urged those with business interests in north and central Kolkata to come together and find a solution to the problem and reduce the risk of fire damage.
“This is the most important thing I want to tell you today. Please do something about electrical wiring which is over 75 years old in many areas. It is the greatest fire safety threat in northern and central Kolkata. Most of you are doing well in business. Please spend a little to protect your business, ”Jag Mohan said when interacting with businessmen from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Merchants. “Anytime I get a fire call from anywhere in north or central Kolkata, I start to shake. So many fires have happened just because of old wiring, ”he said.
The fire chief said the fire department was in modernization and expansion mode. “Very soon, people will be able to submit their construction plans online. We are also setting up more and more fire stations to reduce our reaction time and reach the scene of the fire without wasting time. We are also acquiring modern devices and gadgets which will ensure that the fire is extinguished without wasting time and that destruction is minimized, ”he said.
“It is important that stakeholders come together to share ideas and also take responsibility for securing their environment. We must cooperate with the fire brigade and the state government so that we can conduct our business without fear of fire, ”said Vishal Jhajharia, President of MCCI.

Patricia D. Rutt