GUWAHATI: In the wake of Diwali celebrations, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration is proactively addressing the rising concerns of fire incidents in the city.
The administration has issued two helpline numbers – 9365429314 and (toll-free) 1077 – urging the public to report any untoward incidents related to fires.
The District Disaster Control Centre is set to remain active throughout Sunday, ensuring prompt reporting and response to emergencies, the administration said on Friday.
It also assured the people that essential services, including the fire department, police, and health, will be on high alert to address any unforeseen emergencies.
To streamline reporting of such incidents, the administration has requested the public to contact 0361-2737680 specifically for reporting fire incidents.
Earlier on November 7, the Assam Chief Secretary had issued a directive to all district commissioners (DCs) to take necessary precautions to prevent fire outbreaks and other incidents during the Diwali festivities.
The DCs are instructed to provide information on the number of fire incidents, deaths, and injuries caused by burn injuries due to firecrackers in their respective districts over the past three years.
Additionally, data on road accidents within the same timeframe were also sought.
All these measures come in response to the recent surge in unfortunate fire outbreaks in the city.
Four days ago on November 5, the city witnessed a fire incident in the Barbari area of Guwahati where 15 business establishments were reduced to ashes, resulting in the loss of property worth lakhs of rupees.
As the administration gears up to ensure a safe Diwali celebration, the helpline numbers and heightened state-wide measures have been deployed to enhance public safety during the festive season.
Earlier, the Kamrup (Metro) administration had imposed a complete ban on bursting firecrackers between 10 pm to 8 am in the district.