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Big fire at AC plant in Parliament complex, MHA seeks report

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 22 March 2015, 06:54 PM

Concerned over the fire in Parliament complex, the Home Ministry today sought report from Delhi Fire Services, Delhi Police and CPWD and asked them to explain the reasons behind the fire.

The Home Ministry told the three organisations and New Delhi Municipal Corporation to send respective report on an urgent basis, a Home Ministry official said.

The organisations were told to inform the Home Ministry the reasons for fire, whether there was any lapse on their part and action taken to prevent such incident in future.

A major fire broke out at the AC plant inside Parliament complex here today while welding work was underway gutting the unit, no one was injured.

It also affected the air conditioning in the main building and it took ten fire engines to douse the flames in about 30 minutes.

Delhi Fire Service Chief A K Sharma said prima facie it appeared to be a case of negligence as laid down safety norms were not followed in the maintenance work.

The fire was reported at 2:21 PM and ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot immediately to bring the blaze under control. There were no injuries, fire officials said.

Thick black smoke was seen billowing above the red sandstone boundary wall of the 88-year-old Parliament complex as the flames raged just a few hundred metres away from the main building which suffered no damage.

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha had gone on a month-long break on Friday.

President Pranab Mukherjee also expressed serious concern over the fire and asked for an urgent enquiry into its cause.

This was the second case of fire inside the complex in the last couple of days as a minor fire was reported in the AC wiring at gate number 5 on Thursday.

First Published: Sunday, March 22, 2015 02:42 PM
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