Mumbai : A 42-meter Bronto skylift aerial ladder, used during emergencies in a high rise, will soon be sent all the way to Finland to undergo maintenance and repair. Politicians also use this ladder when they have to garland a statue.

This aerial ladder was imported from the makers Bronto Skylift Oy Ab in Finlad in 1998 and is now at Nariman Point fire brigade station. After that there have been regular maintenance and repair work. However, it has become imperative for the BMC to send it to Finland for further maintenance and repair works to increase its shelf life by another seven to eight years. The proposal for the same would be tabled in the standing committee meeting to be held on May 30.

Assistant divisional officer (technical) Rajendra Chaudhari said, “Since the makers have a robust set up in their manufacturing unit in Finland, it becomes much more easy for the machine to get further maintenance over there. They will have all the necessary equipments and the required parts in their workshop”. When asked about any back up skylift aerial ladders in case of emergency, he said, “We have 3 more similar machines in the Byculla Fire department and we shall move one to Nariman Point fire brigade station.”

Approximate Rs 3.23 crore would be spent in this entire exercise out of which around Rs 2 crore would be towards the repair and maintenance work and the remaining towards paying taxes.

Vishal Rajemahadik

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