Mumbai, 7th December: Adding yet another feather in its cap, Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) has achieved the unique distinction of powering the historic ‘Atal Tunnel’ project with its hi-tech fire-fighting pumping systems. KBL supplied fire-fighting pump sets for deployment along the 9-km tunnel, which is the world’s longest motorable tunnel. The Atal Tunnel situated at Rohtang, Manali in Himachal Pradesh was opened to public use by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi earlier last month.
The strategically important all-weather Atal Tunnel connects Manali to Leh and is located in the PirPanjal range of Himalayas at an altitude of 10,000 feet above the sea level. The tunnel is an engineering marvel and a distinguished example of ‘Make in India’ success. It deploys the best-in-class technology and state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical engineering systems, which are essential for fire and life safety of the project.
Most countries stipulate that fire pumps meet the standards prescribed by the National Fire Protection Association – USA. KBL designs its fire pump-sets as per NFPA-20 specifications to meet the stringent fire safety norms and at the same time for cost-effectiveness.
KBL has developed the ‘FR’, “FH”, “FF” and ‘MSF’ series of pumps which are FM approved / UL listed and are exclusively used for fire-fighting applications. It also designs and manufactures bespoke fully integrated packaged pumping solutions matched to the customer specifications and environmental requirements. The pumping systems of KBL are manufactured and exhaustively tested in compliance with stringent approval standards set by these agencies. KBL has also developed the KFE series of engine-driven pump sets for fire fighting applications in buildings and industries. Each KFE pump set is factory assembled and tested as per NBC (National Building Code) and ISstandards so you can rest assured that the pumps protecting your precious lives and property meets all fire requirements of India.
All the KBL fire pumps comply with the highest quality standards. KBL’s fire pump solutions include end suction pumps, split-case pumps, multi-stage multi-outlet pumps, and vertical turbine pumps, and pre-packaged pump houses.
About Kirloskar Brothers Ltd (KBL) : KBL is the flagship company of the $ 2.1 billion Kirloskar Group. The company was established as Kirloskar Brothers in 1888 from which various group companies emerged later. Kirloskar Brothers was officially registered as a legal entity into Kirloskar Brothers Limited on January 15, 1920. KBL, a global conglomerate, provides complete fluid management solutions for large infrastructure projects in the areas of water supply, power plants, irrigation, oil & gas, and marine & defense. It engineers and manufactures industrial, agricultural, and domestic pumps, valves, and hydro turbines. It is also India’s largest centrifugal pump manufacturer with eight manufacturing facilities in India along with other international subsidiaries and operations in the Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. KBL has 12,700 channel partners in India and 80 overseas and is supported by the best-in-class PAN-India network of authorized service and refurbishment centers.
All manufacturing plants of KBL have the necessary Quality, Environment, Occupational Health & Safety, and Energy standard certifications under the Integrated Management System (ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018, and ISO 50001:2018). The company’s Kirloskarvadi plant is a state-of-the-art integrated manufacturing facility, which houses Asia’s largest hydraulic research center with a testing facility of up to 5000 kW and 50,000 m3/hr.
KBL is the only pump manufacturing company in India and the 9th in the world to be accredited with the N and NPT certification by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).