BENGALURU: In a bid to increase safety services on highways, the state government is planning to set up Road Rescue Units at intervals of 50 km on major highways which are prone to accidents.
Announcing this on Tuesday, Home Minister G Parameshwara said Karnataka had to face its share of accidents related to hazardous material on highways due to the concentration of petrochemical industries in Mangaluru. He was speaking at the 37th standing Fire Advisory Council meeting organised by Karnataka Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services at Infosys campus.
“Gas Authority of India Limited is building an extensive domestic supply system in Bengaluru and this calls for additional preparations and precautions to maintain fire safety in view of underground gas pipelines and the dangers associated with it. High-rise buildings are also mushrooming, both in Bengaluru and Mysuru. This will be a huge challenge for fire fighting to see that fire prevention and supervision mechanisms are put in place and managed at all times,” he said.
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He also said that a Fire Cadet system along the lines of National Cadet Corps and State Student Police Cadet system would be set up.
He also called for suitable amendments to National Building Code so as to be in tune with modern day realities, saying that vertical growth was not just a reality but a necessity.