Ammunition depots in J&K safe, says Army

JAMMU: The India army on Sunday said that all its ammunition depots in Jammu and Kashmir were safe as regular safety audits of these installations were carried out.

Reacting to some media reports that raised questions over the safety of the army’s ammunition depots in the state, Colonel SD Goswami, spokesperson of the army’s Udhampur headquartered Northern Command, said in Jammu, “The army is sensitive to the issue of safety measures in ammunition depots located in Jammu and Kashmir.”

“Regular safety audits are undertaken and the latest one has been ordered on June 2, 2016,” he said.

“Some media reports have emerged raising questions on deficiency of essential firefighting equipment. These reports are incorrect,” Col. Goswami said.

He pointed out, “Adequate firefighting equipment and measures are in place. Modern equipment is being regularly procured to upgrade safety measures. Fire services staff is completely rehearsed in their role.”

“The army places the highest priority on safety of civilians living in the vicinity of ammunition depots. All measures are being taken to ensure the highest standards of security,” he said.

His remarks come against the backdrop of the massive fire that engulfed one of the Indian Army’s largest ammunition depots in Pulgaon, Maharashtra, on May 31, and killed 19 people, including two officers.