VASCO: Newly elected Vasco MLA Krishna Daji Salkar inspected the ongoing work of the new fire station project in Vasco and the old fire station office. The new fire station project is likely to be completed within 18 months.
On Friday morning Vasco MLA Salkar along with his supporters Nandadeep Raut, Councillor Girish Borkar, and others inspected the ongoing work of the new fire station project. They then visited the old fire station administrative office and the control room housed in the two small rooms wherein all recruits and the fire station in charge of Vasco sit.
The new fire station project is worth Rs.11.11 crores and is expected to complete within 18 months from its commencement of the work.
During his visit, Salkar interacted with the Vasco fire station in charge Francisco Mendes and gave a patient hearing regarding various daily issues that firefighters face due to the lack of a full-fledged fire station for several years.
Speaking to the reporters, Vasco MLA Krishna Daji Salkar said that the condition of the existing fire station office is pathetic, and if the fire station office is not shifted elsewhere, then there are high chances that the ongoing digging work of the new project may get flooded in the rains. “The water may then enter into the old fire station office, which is at the stone throw distance from the project’s construction site,” he said.
Salkar further added that he has spoken to the Vaco Fire station in charge Francisco Mendes and has decided to temporarily shift Vasco’s fire station office to Daboilim or else in Ravindra Bhavan Baina. “I will discuss this issue with the Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho and will take a call on it”.
The former Councillor, Nandadeep Raut, also expressed the immediate need for Vasco’s fully equipped fire station. He also said that it is necessary to have a good fire station so that the firefighter staff is stationed properly for an emergency call.
“Vasco being a Port town, to have a full-fledged fire station is of paramount importance to attend to any fire emergency”, Raut added.
Later, the Vasco Fire station in charge, Francisco Mendes, told reporters that Salkar assured him that he would talk to the PWD engineers to expedite the ongoing new fire station project work and soon to do the shifting of the existing fire station office to other premises.