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Bhopal cracker market association takes stock of safety arrangements


BHOPAL: After the fire in a cracker shop in Indore that killed seven persons, Bhopal Cracker Market Association reviewed its fire safety arrangements. Association president Dalutram Sabnani claimed the Bhopal market was one of the safest designed areas for cracker trading.

In a bizarre incident in Ranipura (Indore) on Tuesday, a massive fire broke out in the cracker market in which seven people lost their lives and property worth lakhs were gutted. Following the incident the Bhopal association conducted the meeting and tried to find out security gaps, if any.

Sabnani said they had taken the meeting and had checked the arrangements. The date on fire extinguishers was checked; every shop had one overhead tank of 500 litres and 200 litres of another drum kept in front of the shop. They also had underground water tank, the president claimed.

He added every shop owner re-filled the fire extinguisher every year before Diwali. After the meeting it was decided that no garbage, especially items of plastic, papers and cardboard would be left behind. Parking was restricted in the market area, and also it was a no smoking zone, Sabnani added. Another shopkeeper Kishor Sabnani said the market was having unique design. In every shop 50 feet gap was kept. From three sides of a shop — right, left and in front— the 50 feet gap was maintained. SHO Koh-e-fiza Anil Bajpyee said after the incident in Indore, a team visited the cracker market and took note of the fire security arrangements. They had been found satisfactory.