Amritsar, May 25
The newly constructed District Administrative Complex (DAC) boasts of having almost all fire fighting equipment, fire alarms and other features to standard fire safety standards to deal with any fire eventuality .
However, the same features are missing from its other premises housing a variety of offices.
Inspired by the 2015 fire?
- Inspired by a massive fire that broke out at the former DC office in 2015, the new premises are compliant with all fire safety standards
- A structure over 150 years old, which had already been declared unsafe by the PWD, had caused extensive damage to the heritage building and also destroyed valuable records relating to income and the pre-partition era.
Excise and Tax Offices I and II, both located in an old, ramshackle building on the main road in Court, do not meet fire safety standards. Officials said buildings at the resort were dilapidated and unsafe. Thus, there was little to no scope for material incorporation. Moreover, there is no point in investing because offices are likely to be moved to the CAD.
Another source of concern is that the premises house the offices of the District Development Officer Panchayat and the District Education Officer at both secondary and elementary level. Located close to the District Courts, the entire complex has survived its life and, as expected, these will be transferred to the DAC.
Perhaps, taking inspiration from a massive fire that broke out in the former deputy commissioner’s office in 2015, the new premises complied with all fire safety standards. A more than 150-year-old structure, which had previously been declared unsafe by the Department of Public Works, had caused extensive damage to the heritage building and also destroyed valuable revenue and pre-partition era records.
Unlike the old DAC, the new state-of-the-art building, built in sync with the holy city’s Sikh architecture, has more than one entrance and exit to facilitate the exit of more people in an emergency. . . With a total covered area of over 6 lakh square feet, the complex has two wings – civil and police. Ample parking in the form of two basements, the building has a large meeting room, two videoconference rooms, four elevators as well as fire hydrants and alarms. There is a provision for a separate entrance for VIPs and the public.
However, staff have one complaint that the DAC building is not air-conditioned as is the case with similar offices in other districts. It is said that except for the ground floor, the rest of the floors sizzle during the summer heatwave and it is extremely difficult to work long hours while sweating.
The premises of several Suwidha centers, located in different parts of the city to serve the public, are also equipped with firefighting equipment.