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Hyderabad: Public safety questioned after fire in Numaish parking lot

A major fire that broke out in the Numaish parking lot has once again raised concerns about the safety of thousands of visitors to Hyderabad’s annual exhibition.

As many as three cars were completely destroyed in the fire. The fire started in an electric car and spread to others.

Though the fire tenders on the scene extinguished the fire, the incident brought back memories of the 2019 incident.

A regular Numaish attendee, Jameel Ahmed, who witnessed the 2019 fire incident, was reported as saying that necessary arrangements should be made at the exhibition ground and parking lot areas to avoid any untoward incidents in the future.

Another person questioned how cars burnt down to ashes if proper arrangements were made.

2019 fire incident

A massive fire broke out in Numaish in Hyderabad in 2019. Many stalls were destroyed in the incident.

Fortunately, no casualties were reported. However, panic ensued as a result of the incident, and many traders suffered massive losses.

History of numaish

Numaish-e-Masnuaat-e-Mulki, or simply Numaish, began in 1938 as an event to promote locally produced goods.

The idea for an exhibition to conduct an economic survey of the state came from a group of Osmania University graduates.

The first Numaish was inaugurated by Mir Osman Ali Khan, the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad State. The positive response prompted the decision to make it an annual event and use the proceeds to promote education.

It began with just 50 stalls and a capital of Rs 2.50 and has since grown to become one of the country’s largest industrial exhibitions.

Due to the turmoil that followed India’s independence, Numaish could not be organised in 1947 or 1948. With the accession of Hyderabad to the Indian Union, the event resurfaced in 1949.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the exhibition could not be held in 2020. It could not be held for only the third time in its history.

 

 

 

 

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