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Security council for city to be set up

Vizag security council will be set up to establish a single point of contact in case of need in vizag news image

Organisations with over 100 employees to be brought under video surveillance

Vizag security council will be set up to establish a single point of contact between industries, other organisations and law enforcement agencies and act pro-actively in case of need, Police Commissioner T. Yoganand has said.

The setting up of the council was a consequence of implementing A P Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act 2013 that was enacted after a series of bomb blasts in Hyderabad, he said at the inaugural of India Fire and Security Yatra-2016 organised by Fire and Security Association of India.

Any organisation where more than 100 persons work or place they gather would be brought under video surveillance with access control and periodic inspections with a scrutinising committee monitoring it, he said.

The Society for Cyberabad Security had worked well. It was a homogenous industry (IT) with confined geographic area, he said. On similar lines, Visakhapatnam comprising heterogonous industries would be brought under the proposed council to create security awareness and get intelligence for a safe and secure city, Mr. Yoganand said. Describing fire and security as extremely relevant to the Navy, Vice Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, said any compromise could have catastrophic consequences with vessels carrying several tonnes of high speed diesel, aviation fuel and arm and ammunition in a limited space. Security was also overarching concern in the light of 9/11, 26/11 and the recent attacks in several countries, Vice Admiral Bisht said.

‘Regulatory framework’

The recent fire at a bio-fuel plant had many relevant lessons to be learnt including formulating a regulatory framework and safety and security policy and fire prevention and control measures right from the design stage, the ENC chief said. It holds good for tall buildings too. In the armed forces, resolution with minimum cost, correct scaling of equipment and training of human resources for fire-fighting were of immense importance, he said.

Highlighting the importance of IT, Vice Admiral Bisht said networking intelligent sensing in the design stage, remote monitoring and automatic alert and response could improve effectiveness greatly.

FSAI national president Pankaj Dharkar said efforts were on to achieve international standards and an MoU was signed to adopt Standard 13 of National Fire Protection Agency to measure up to the US projects in smart city development. FSAI had 14 chapters and soon more would be opened including a sub-chapter for Amaravati. To create fire awareness 1.06 lakh children were covered last year and the target for the next two months was 10 lakhs.

Director of Divis Laboratory D. Madusudan Rao in his key note speech elaborated on causes of fire, evacuation measures and extinguishing actions. CEO of Apollo Hospitals C. Sandeep detailed the hospital’s training of the staff on fire safety and equipping GPS ambulances with life safety equipment offering free service (phone number 1066).

FSAI Visakhapanam chapter chairman B. Madhu, secretary D. Rajgopal Reddy and past president K. Leela Prasad participated.