Though still not up to the height of skyscrapers crossing over 70 meters, yet the arrival of the Bronto skylift for Navi Mumbai spells relief for residents living in high rises up to 70 meters. Monika Bhosale caught up with the director the company who has supplied the skylift to NMMC Fire Fighting Dept. for this report. Finally its here ! The much awaited bronto skylift to with aerial platforms, maneuverability and cooling system to ensure better crisis management has arrived at the Navi Mumbai Fire Brigade. The NMMC has purchased this skylift that can go up to the 24th floor that is for high rises of height 60 to 70 meters. It has cost the civic body a whopping Rs 9 crore. The advantage is that in cases of fire, the bronto skylift will give NMMC the option to carry weight up to 500 kg when earlier the civic body had vehicles that could carry only three people during rescue operation. The Director of the company who has supplied the skylift to NMMC gave us an insight. It is for the first time that NMMC is spending money on buying such an expensive machine for fire department. Presently fire department has two bronto sky lift vehicles namely 32 meters and 52 meters. Both these vehicles were purchased by CIDCO and were handed over to fire brigade. The new fire tender will be an effective tool in combating fire, particularly in high-rise buildings of the city. The machine has the capability to become fully operative within 100 seconds and one of the highlights of the new machine is that it can turn at an angle of 360 degrees making rescue and fire fighting operations easier. This vehicle has an air conditioned cabin which can house four occupants and is also fitted with a collision guard system which will prevent damage to the machine in case of an accidental collision with the walls during the operation. For protection of the crew members, the cabin is duly protected against electric shocks even if it comes in contact with live wires. Now the corporation is gearing up to provide preliminary training to personnel of the Fire Department. An expert from Finland is in the city to train the personnel. However, the question is that will the bronto skylift work in case if fire incidences are reported from high rises that are above 70 meters like Kesar Solitaire on Palm Beach Road and Swaraj Builder’s project at Koperkhairane. To tackle fire emergencies in these high rises will be a daunting task not just for NMMC but even a threat to the lives of residents living in these high rises. With bureau inputs, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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