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Arrangements to protect heritage buildings in Himachal Pradesh against fire

There are forty centrally protected monuments/site declared as of national importance under the jurisdiction of Archaeological Survey of India in Himachal Pradesh. There are 327 heritage buildings notified in the year 2003 and further 88 heritage buildings in the year 2011 were notified by the Government of Himachal Pradesh.

There is no apparent threat to these centrally protected monuments/site to catch fire. However, as some of these monuments are largely made of wood, and some others have wooden components in their architectural schemes, the Archaeological Survey of India has procured (a) Water (stored pressure) type fire extinguishers, and (b) Carbon dioxide type fire extinguishers. While the former types are useful to extinguish or control general fires resulting from wood, paper, cloth, etc., in emergency situations, the latter are used to fight the electric and delicate machinery (such as computer, etc.) fires. The Viceregal Lodge, Shimla which has its interior largely made of wood, has an effective fire-fighting system in place since colonial times and is still satisfactory working.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a reply to a starred question in the Rajya Sabha.



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