Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday expressed deep concern and anguish over repeated occurrences of fire accidents across the state, the latest being one at Pasighat, the headquarters of East Siang district.
Reportedly 34 shops of one Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) market shed were completely burnt down on Monday night at Gandhi Chowk, Pasighat causing huge loss to vegetable and grocery vendors. The district administration had pressed fire tenders into service immediately to control the situation but the shed could not be saved. DC Tamiyo Tatak and district disaster management officer immediately rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. Investigation is underway to unearth the cause of the mishap.
Khandu has sought a detail report on the incident from the district administration while directing it to assess the loss caused and provide relief to the victims as per norms. The chief minister repeated that almost all fire accidents are man-made and can be prevented with just a sense of responsibility. He appealed citizens to act responsibly and douse every little fire before leaving their home or retiring for the night.
Khandu emphasized on extra vigil during the winters as most homesteads use fire for warmth besides cooking.
“We cannot douse a blazing fire without incurring huge loses but we can sure douse a spark or prevent a kindle from spreading and save ourselves and our neighbours. With common sense and responsibility we can use fire to our advantage, not for self-destruction. I fervently appeal all to be wary of fire and do not neglect a spark,” Khandu appealed.