Saturday, March 27, 2010

Calrton Towers Tragedy a Warning to Society

Dear All,

This is Lalitha, W/o.Rajesh Subramanian. I would like to share
something with u. February 23,2010 is an unforgettable day in my life.
Fire occured at Carlton Towers, Bangalore which took away the souls of
9 precious lives. One among them is my dear husband, Rajesh. Still the
accident seems to be a dream for me. I am not able to digest the same.

Morning we got ready together to office. He dropped me at office at
9.30 saying evening i will come to pick u. I called him up at 1pm
saying my maternity leave is sanctioned and from tomorrow i will be at
home. He said "Leave away all your tensions from tomorrow, Stay at
home relaxed. I will get u a Lap top. U better help me from home from
tomorrow:. These were the last words he spoke to me.

When i heard the news that he is hospitalised and getting treated at
Manipal Hospital, I rushed to Manipal. But I saw him only in the
Mortuary. Eyes are filled with tears if I am reminded of that. What
has happened is happened. Even the almighty cannot change it. Next day
we left Bangalore. So i didn't have any idea of what exactly has
happened in Carlton Towers.

After 15 days we went to Bangalore. Same house, same kitchen, same
bedroom, the same street. Remembered of those 1 and half years me and
Rajesh used to roam around the streets, getting vegetables from the
same vendors, going to same hotel, cooking together in the kitchen.

On 23rd March 2010 we had a small memorial at 5pm at Carlton Towers
which was the first month anniversary of the fire accident. I could
see young married women crying for their husband, small children
crying for their mother, aged parents who lost their daughter and son.
It was indeed really painful.

But what is the cause of all these. Is it god made. No it is a man
made accident. If we had been alert, we could have not lost our loved
ones. The building did not have a proper emergency exit. The fire
extinguisher shows the due date as November 2009. The fire engine
which came to the spot did not have water in it. Isn't it not funny.
The Ladders could not reach the top floors. The security guard was not
trained. There was neither a fire alarm nor a smoke alarm in the
building. For the government officials to make money, should we
sacrifice the lives of our loved ones. What has happened is more than
enough. No more event of this kind.

The family of the Victims have formed a community in Face Book called
"Beyond Carlton". It is a committee to fight against fire and ensure
justice. So i request you all to join the community and help us for
the success of the community. But to our shock, there was a major fire
at Kolkata, Park street on the first month anniversary of the
accident.Same time and the same reasons were reported. So pls let us
not sacrifice one more life from our family. Hope i will be getting
your support in this.

With Regards
Lalitha Rajesh

1 comment:

Vinitha said...

//The fire engine
which came to the spot did not have water in it.//

They carry minimum water only, to ensure they reach the place fast. It is the duty of the place - building - to provide water hydrants.

The buildings are to be equipped with water and fire hose / extinguishers to a certain extent. Please visit ITPL Bangalore to see how well this is implemented.

I have seen this well implemented in USA. Canada. UAE. Singapore etc..

How long does it take to implement in India?

//ladder didn't reach//

Come on, any building should be built with all fire safety hazards in mind. Now with all the bribes around, people dont even read, what has to be built, to safegaurd occupants.

The buildings have to be built with outside fire safety / exit ladders like that what every building has in New York. ( beyond a certain height, they dont recommend, as win will blow you away! )