A fire was reported on Wednesday at the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO's) Space Application Centre campus in Ahmedabad.
As per the latest reports received by Republic TV, a large number of fire tenders have been rushed to the campus, as have ambulances.
Officials have said that the cause of the fire was a short circuit. The heat also aggravated the blaze, they claimed.
Building No. 37, where a research laboratory that studies magnetic waves is located, is the one in which the fire began. The fire is said to be confined to a single room.
As per sources, all employees have been shifted to other buildings.
Update at 4:30 pm: The fire is close to being brought under control. Some of the emergency response vehicles are leaving the campus.
Update at 4:40 pm:
AMC Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar issues statement:
"Today 1-1:30pm simulations building caught fire. An hour back we have controlled the situation. No fatalities. One CISF has been injured. Investigation is going on. Fire spread very fast. The entire premises is absolutely safe and secure now. Nothing more to worry about here."
Here's what ISRO's website says about the Space Application Centre (SAC):
"Space Applications Centre (SAC) at Ahmedabad is spread across two campuses having multi-disciplinary activities. The core competence of the Centre lies in evelopment of space borne and air borne instruments / payloads and their applications for national development and societal benefits. These applications are in diverse areas and primarily meet the communication, navigation and remote sensing needs of the country. Besides these, the Centre also contributed significantly in scientific and planetary missions of ISRO like Chandrayaan-1, Mars Orbiter Mission, etc. The communication transponders developed at this Centre for Indian National Satellite (INSAT) and Geo Synchronous Satellite (GSAT) series of satellites are used by government and private sector for VSAT, DTH, Internet, broadcasting, telephones etc.
Main Engine and Stage Test Facility at IPRC This centre also designs and develops the optical and microware sensors for the satellites, signal and image processing software, GIS software and many applications for Earth Observation (EO) programme of ISRO. These applications are in diverse areas of Geosciences, Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change, Physical Oceanography, Biological Oceanography, Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Hydrosphere, etc. The facilities at SAC include highly sophisticated payload integration laboratories, electronic and mechanical fabrication facilities, environmental test facilities, systems reliability / assurance group, image processing and analysis facilities, project management support group and a well-stocked library. SAC has active collaborations with industry, academia, national and international institutes for research and development. The Centre also conducts nine-month post graduate diploma courses for students from the Asia Pacific region under the aegis of the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education (CSSTE-AP) in satellite meteorology and communication."