Hyderabad: Fire stations in Telangana, especially two that are slated to come up in Hyderabad soon, will have innovative designs. To tackle land shortage, the department has decided to go vertical.
According to Telangana State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department Director General Rajiv Ratan, the non-availability of open government lands in the city had prompted the department to think vertical.
As per the existing designs adopted for fire stations, to construct a new building nearly two acres of land is compulsory. The demand for huge tracts of land posed several challenges to the department in identifying locations for new stations, thus hindering plans to expand operations.
“To tackle this issue, a new design was thought of, as per which we will require just 500 square yards of land to construct a new fire station,” he said.
The idea to change the structure of the building came after the State Home Ministry gave its nod to set up 18 new fire stations in the State, with two being sanctioned for the city.
Of the two in the capital, one will be at Secunderabad and the other at Yakutpura. The DG said problems like budget and staff were resolved after the approval of the Home Ministry. “Even then, we were unable to progress further as the availability of lands became an issue. Then, the plan to change the building design came up and after several discussions, the final design was prepared,” he said.
Though the new design will see the station becoming a multistoried structure, other things like parking area and barracks will be as per the existing designs. The building would accommodate 16 Fire personnel or more.
Ratan said the structure would also ensure that at least two fire tenders can be accommodated on the premises. “A reception desk and kitchen, toilets and an overhead tank with a capacity of 20,000 litres too will be set up,” he said.