Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had already approved Rs 43 Crores and the government is now in the process of getting Rs 200 crores from the World Bank for upgradation of the fire services in the state, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Wednesday.
The fire services will be completely modernised and upgraded within the next three years, Sidhu told the Vidhan Sabha in response to a question by MLA NK Sharma. Of the Rs 43 crores sanctioned by the Chief Minister, Rs.7 Crores had been earmarked for buying fire clothing and safety equipment for the firemen across the state, said Sidhu, adding that all the required 550 fire tenders will be made available, along with mandated staff allocation, over the next three years. With this, the mandated limit of one fire tender for every 50,000 people would be achieved, he added. Reaffirming the state government's commitment to upgrade fire services to world-class standards, Sidhu said that the state government would be holding a meeting with the central government on December 15 for the World Bank funding.