Mysuru, December 16:- The need for a permanent fire station at the historical Mysuru Palace here has finally gained momentum with the Mysore Palace Board having earmarked a place at the Palace premises for setting up a fire force office.
On October 7, 2017 City Today carried a report titled ‘Mysuru Palace likely to get a new permanent fire station’ quoting “If everything goes as planned, the world famous Mysuru Palace will have an exclusive fire emergency service station at its premises by this year end.”
In an official notification, the office of the executive officer, Mysore Palace Board, has issued an order by making provision for housing the fire station at the Mysuru Palace premises. Now with this provision the Fire Department officials are all set to put forward the proposal of the fire station before the state government for approval.
Deputy Commissioner D Randeep who is also the executive officer of the Mysore Palace Board in a letter to the Director General of Police and Director General Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services Department, has said that the first floor in the southern part of the Bidadi Block at Mysuru Palace premises has been selected to house the fire force office.
Three rooms above the Priyadarshini and Kaveri Emporium has been reserved for the fire force office, store room and staff room respectively. An exclusive space to park the fire extinguisher vehicle near the Karikallu Thotti gate have also been selected, stated the letter.
The proposal for the construction of a permanent fire force office or a fire station was submitted by the Mysuru divisional office of Fire and Emergency Services to the DC following a fire incident that broke out near the ticket counter of the Palace in May last that damaged the guard room and an ATM kiosk.
The new fire station for the Mysuru Palace has been proposed on the lines of fire stations at the Vidhana Soudha, High Court, Multi-storied (MS) Building and Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.
There was a huge demand for a permanent fire station from the citizens as the Mysuru Palace premises which has a total area of 72 acres houses the heritage building, sculptures and many 14th century temples inside its premises. The Palace was also considered vulnerable to fire mishap as the place is covered with electric wires to facilitate its illumination with nearly a lakh of incandescent bulbs.
Despite numerous proposals to set up a permanent fire station at Mysuru Palace since years, the Palace is all set to get the fire force office soon.
-BY KARTHIK K K