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New fire stations in Kothagudem remain on papers

New fire stations in Kothagudem remain on papers
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Proposals to upgrade the fire station outpost at Manuguru and setting up of a fire station at Charla in Bhadradri-Kothagudem seem to be going on at a...

Kothagudem: Proposals to upgrade the fire station outpost at Manuguru and setting up of a fire station at Charla in Bhadradri-Kothagudem seem to be going on at a snail’s pace, all thanks to official indifference.

The State government is allegedly yet to pay the cell phone bills and diesel bills. Similar is the case with electricity bills and property tax. Further, 16 firemen posts and four driver-cum-operator posts are lying vacant.

The district, which is the largest of all in the State with an area of 8,062 square kilometers with 23 mandals and 449 revenue villages, has a total 11.02 lakh population.

Even if the State government’s policy of having one fire station for population of 50,000 were to be implemented, the district should have at least 22 fire stations.

As of now, the district has a total of five fire stations each one at Kothagudem, Bhadrachalam, Aswaraopet and Illandu and fire department’s outpost at Manuguru, formed in the undivided Khammam district.

It may be recalled that the State government proposed to upgrade the outpost to that of a full-scale fire station and set up a new fire station at Charla and issued a Government Order in this regard. However, nothing significant has been done beyond passing the GO.

Though the State government granted Rs 95 lakh for constructing a new building for the fire station at Bhadrachalam, execution is getting delayed.

The existing building became old and was built five decades ago. The reasons for the delay in starting construction in spite of funds could not be ascertained immediately.

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