Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar has ordered energy and fire audits of all 34 museums across the country after the Natural History Museum in New Delhi went up in flames early Tuesday morning. Fire officials are present at the site and are assessing the losses. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
The fire broke out on the top floor of the six-storeyed building at 1.45 AM and quickly spread through the establishment. Over 40 fire tenders who rushed to the spot took close to four hours to douse the flames.

According to Rajesh Panwar, Delhi’s deputy chief fire officer, the museum’s fire safety equipment was not functioning effectively, due to which it took longer to bring the fire under control.

Six firemen were injured, of which two are in stable but critical condition. They were rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
Prakash Javadekar is expected to visit to site to take stock of the situation. He said, “Fire at National Museum of Natural History is tragic.

The Museum is a natural treasure. The loss cannot be quantified.” He added that as far as the ministry is concerned,the museum is located in a rented property at theFederation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Some parts of the FICCI auditorium have also been damaged.
The state-run museum opened in 1978. It exhibits various species of flaura and fauna, apart from mineral wealth of the country. According to the Times of India, the museum also housed a 160 million year old bone of a sauropod dinosaur.
The museum functions under the ministry of environments and forests of the Government of India.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.