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Transport Dept suffered Rs 43 L loss in Panjim KTC complex fire

13 Oct 2017 07:03am IST
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13 Oct 2017 07:03am IST

Presidential Supermarket management pegs loss at Rs 76 lakh; KTCL is yet to submit its claim

Team Herald


PANJIM: The devastating fire that engulfed the Regional Transport Office (RTO) at the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) complex is estimated to have caused a loss of Rs 43 lakh to Transport Department. Similarly the presidential supermarket from where the fire originated has reported a total loss of Rs 76 lakh.

In a letter submitted to the Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services for conducting the final audit report on loss, the Directorate of Transport and Presidential Supermarket management have claimed that property worth Rs 43 lakh and Rs 76 lakh respectively had been damaged in the major fire incident which took place on October 2. However, KTCL is yet to submit its claim.

“The total estimated loss is yet to be calculated. We have received a letter from the Directorate of Transport in which they have mentioned that property worth Rs 43 lakh had been damaged. Also the owners of Presidential Supermarket have submitted their letter claiming a loss of Rs 76 lakh,” informed a Fire and Emergency Services official.

“Similarly we are awaiting a letter from the KTC about their claim on the losses after which the final report on the total loss will be prepared. However, we have already submitted a fire safety report to the KTCL about the precautions they need to take to avoid such circumstances again. RTO has said that their wooden and steel cupboard along with air conditioners and other fibre products were burnt, besides documents of the last 50 years,” he added.

During the Fire and Emergency Services inspection at the KTC premises, the fire officers found that majority shops on the ground floor were found using UPS batteries for power backup with no proper ventilation

Assistant Divisional Officer of Fire and Emergency Services, Ajit Kamat said, “Around five years ago when the supermarket owner wanted the no objection certificate (NOC) from the fire force, the fire department had conducted fire audit at the supermarket and had made recommendations including air exhaust to prevent fire but they failed to submit compliance report to the department.”

Meanwhile, the Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services is yet to submit the final report on the total loss reported at the KTC premises on the day of fire incident.

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‘Cannot identify cause of fire’
The Electricity Department in its inspection report has concluded the cause of fire incident at KTC complex on October 2 cannot be verified due to the extensive damage. However, sources had earlier stated that a short circuit at Presidential Supermarket in the building was the main cause of the fire. “There is no clue as to the how the fire broke out. During our inspection, the cause of fire could not be verified due to the extensive damage. We have already submitted our report to the Fire and Emergency Services stating that the cause of fire cannot be verified,” said an official from the Electricity Department. Meanwhile, the Fire and Emergency Services had written to the Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited asking the Electricity Department to conduct audit to find out exact cause of fire.
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