Hyderabad: The Exhibition Society has taken steps to improve fire safety during the 40-day exhibition which begins on January 1, including having fewer stalls, to avoid a repeat of last year when a blaze a section of the annual numaish.
Health minister Etala Rajendar, who is also president of the All India Industrial Exhibition Society, which holds the 45-day numaish, said, “We will ensure the safety of visitors and exhibitors.”
Mr Rajender told the media that the society had spent Rs 2.1 crore to construct water sumps and pipelines dedicated to fire-fighting operations, and Rs 82.65 lakh on laying underground cables. He said each stall holder to install a fire extinguisher.
All stalls will insured for 46 days. Stall holders will not be allowed to use any kind of stoves for preparing food near their stalls. He gave technical details of the fire safety measures.
Recreation activities will be increased to attract children.The number of stalls will be decreased as officials had suggested widening of roads and increasing space between the stalls.
Society honorary secretary Dr B. Prabha Shankar said there would be 85 hydrants, hose nabs and fire points every 200 metres. Society vice-president N. Surender said they would seek two fire engines and a fire motorcycle....