New Delhi/Tirupati, Mar 21 IBNS | 4 months ago

The combined ground and air operations of the Army and Air Force to douse a major fire in Tirumala area near Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradesh continued for the second day on Friday.


The Centre on Friday said the fire has been brought under control.

"Major fire in Tirumala area near Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradesh has now been brought under control by the combined ground and air operations of Army and Air Force which are likely to continue till tomorrow. Air Force and Army continued with the fire fighting operations for the second day today to contain the raging fires in Seshachalam Forests that were inching closer to the Holy Tirupati Temple," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Two MI-17 V5 helicopters continued dousing the fire ferrying water using Bambi buckets, it said.

"These helicopters were pressed into operations since early morning and flew 16 shuttles throughout the day. Aerial recce was conducted with District Commissioner and representative of the Temple Trust onboard a light Air Force helicopter. Meanwhile the C-130 continued scanning the areas for any remnants of the fire in the nearby jungles," the Ministry said.

It said the HQ Integrated Defence Staff is in touch with the authorities of the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam and continuously monitoring the Armed Forces response.

(Posted on 22-03-2014)