Shimla: Hc Asks Hp How Shimla Fire Reached Balika Ashram | News from Shimla

Shimla: Taking serious note of how the forest fire that broke out near Tutikandi on Sunday had reached Balika Ashram and endangered the lives of its inmates, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh released on Monday an opinion to the State Government through its Chief Secretary, Principal Secretaries of the Directorate of Forests and Public Works, Deputy Commissioner of shimlaand Secretary Member of the State Pollution Control Board.
The Division Bench of Judge Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Judge Chander Bhusan Barowalia passed the orders on a public petition. The fire destroyed a huge green blanket and reached Balika Ashram during an art workshop as part of the skills development program. Around 1 p.m., screams were heard from the rear part of the building and the playground. Residents called the fire department and the investigating judge.
The children of the ashram were gathered in an open space, while the infants of Shishu Grih were also brought there to keep them away from the smoke. Some girls from the ashram climbed on the water tanks. The fire truck was stuck in the narrow lane of Tutikandi bus station. Later, 15 babies were sent to US Club Ashram and another 73 children to Baldeyan Ashram.
If the fire had started at night, it could have been more devastating. The court has appointed lead attorney Shrawan Dogra as amicus curiae to assist the court in this case. The court will hear the respondents on May 23. tnn