Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on July 8 directed to set up a 24×7 control room at Janata Bhawan, the state’s capital complex, to deal with emergency situations like fire and install one way or single-pole electrical switch in each of the blocks of the Secretariat.

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The chief minister directed this while reviewing a fire incident that broke out at Janata Bhawan on July 7 night.

Sonowal entrusted secretary of General Administration department to inquire into the fire incident and submit report with recommendations for upgrading the arrangements for mitigation of fire and emergency situations at Janata Bhawan.

During the meeting, the chief minister asked the officials to expeditiously install CCTV at Janata Bhawan campus, early completion of electrical audit of the buildings, reduction of files and developing a mechanism for disposal of old files that are piled up in different departments for several years etc.

He also directed to take steps for augmenting skills of the security and monitoring staff working at Janata Bhawan and review their performance every three months.

He further instructed the Fire & Emergency department to keep itself fully prepared with hydraulic trolleys and modern equipments to control fire and other crisis situations in the state.

He also asked the department to hold a meeting with real estate entrepreneurs to sensitize them on the need for installation of modern fire fighting equipments at the private apartment buildings in Guwahati.

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Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna on July 8 visited the incident site as per direction of the chief minister and took stock of the damages.

While the fire broke out on July 7 at around 9.30 pm, an ASI of SB of Assam Police, Hareswar Das, in association with Additional DCP Chitren Kumar Gogoi, who was posted at security wing of the capital complex, doused the fire within five minutes.

The chief minister highly appreciated and thanked the police officers for their proactive action.

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