Official snafu forces fire officer to live in garage!

Mumbai :  Rehabilitation of families of firemen after being evicted from their quarters at Byculla fire station has resulted in a tragi-comic situation. The building was declared dangerous and the residents were told to vacate their homes on November 2 as per a department circular.

Official snafu forces fire officer to live in garage!

Out of 29 families ousted, accommodation was given to 25 families in other fire stations of Mumbai. Likewise, accommodation was given to two other firemen at Worli fire station.

But the problem arose when the fire brigade lodged a complaint with the police that two firemen had forcefully taken possession of the said accommodation and the fire officer there was forced to reside in a garage. The firemen on their part alleged  that it was a goof-up and refused to vacate.

On Friday morning at 11 am, an intimation was sent in the fire brigade control room that the said firemen- Mangesh Bagave and Ravindra Palande, residing at Byculla compound, should occupy the Worli staff quarters numbers – 31-32 – belonging to sub-fire officer S S Rane. And in the meantime, fire officer Rane who was staying in Worli was asked to go to Gowalia Tank fire station quarters.

To add to the chaos, at 6 pm on Friday evening, a new message was given to Rane that he has  to go back to Worli fire station. But when he reached there, the two firemen who were living there, refused to depart as per the rules. Therefore, Rane had no recourse but to stay with his family in a garage at Worli fire station where jumbo tankers are parked.

Explaining the chaos, Bagave said that after receiving call from the control room, he called up fire officer Rane and asked him as to when he would be vacating the quarters. Accordingly, after Rane vacated the quarters on Friday  afternoon, Bagave and the other firemen Ravindra Palande and his family reached Worli. But at 6 pm, another message was relayed that Bagave and Palande should vacate the room and even Rane was called back to Worli.

Bagve also said that the Dadar police told them to vacate the room. But we told them that we are not intruders. We have been told to stay here because our building was declared dangerous. Hence, the police did not take any action on this.

Categorically denying any goof-up, Deputy chief fire officer Shashikant Kale Kale said no quarters were given to Bagave and Palande at Worli, they were given accommodation at other fire stations as per the circular. And Rane is not stay in a garage, but in Worli staff quarters.

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