Inferno devours 35 shops, upset CM directs DA to act


ITANAGAR, Aug 01: Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed grief and concern over the huge fire mishap at Roing that devoured a major section of Middle Market Line of the township.

“I am saddened by the devastating fire that devoured one-fourth of Roing market on Tuesday evening though no loss of live was reported. At this moment of sorrow and loss, I pray for strength and courage to those affected and stand by them in this excruciating moment,” he said in a statement today.

Khandu expressed gratitude to the Indian Army, central paramilitary forces, Assam police fire services and BRO for assisting state police in battling the raging inferno.

“I am in constant touch with district administration to take stock of the situation and have instructed to provide immediate relief and assess the loss and damage. One of my minister colleagues has been asked to rush to Roing to monitor the relief work,” he said, quoted DA informing that the fire broke out around 8.15 pm but could be contained after prolonged fire fighting through the night.

Nine fire tenders (2 from Assam’s Chapakhowa, one each from Tezu and PHED, 2 from Roing and 3 from BRO) were pressed into service to douse the inferno.

At least 20 families have been rendered homeless while the DA has provided accommodation with food to 11 families of 51 members in Govt Circuit House and Anchal Samiti there and relief materials, like tarpaulin, bedding & drinking water have been provided.

The fire devoured 35 shops were totally, mostly run by non-APSTs. The DA has formed an assessment committee with a circle officer as chairman and DySP, DDMO and DFCSO as members to submit its report by Thursday.

Immediate monetary relief has been provided to all victimised families by the DA as per norms. However, the situation is under control with the DA maintaining strict vigil. (PRO)

DIPRO adds: Lower Dibang Valley DC Mitali Namchoom ordered for immediate opening of Circuit House and Anchal Samiti to shelter the roofless. The assessment committee headed by CO Sanjay Taram as chairman is on the job to facilitate grant of relief to all victims.

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