Even as individuals all around the world watched in shock and awe the massive blaze in West London yesterday, there are serious issues regarding poor fire safety record of high-rise buildings in Delhi-NCR.
Keeping aside the poor enforcement of safety and building bylaws, the fire department does not possess manpower and latest technologies when it comes to operating in life-threatening cases.
In terms of statistics, the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) has just five skylifts — one is not working in a proper condition.
In Delhi, you will find around 3,000 buildings taller than 15 metres.
In Gurgaon, which boasts of plenty of skyscrapers, little has changed in the last ten years or so even after a massive blaze in a multi-storey building in DLF Cyber City.
Even at this juncture, the government is dependent quite a bit on the private sector, which has set up its own fire stations.
Equipped with just one 42-metre-high hydraulic platform that can reach only up to 14 storeys, the fire department in Gautam Budh Nagar is in catch 22 situation.
The picture is even bleak in Ghaziabad where fire department does not possess even a 42-metre hydraulic platform.