237 buildings come up short in fire safety
Some 237 structures — residential and commercial complexes, hospitals, educational institutes and high-rise buildings in the state capital— tripped on fire safety norms. This came out after the civic body fire safety wing inspected high-rise and commercial buildings for fire safety preparedness on Wednesday. Alarmed by glaring lapses, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation(BMC) served building owners seven days notice to comply.
Major lapses in fire safety were cited by fire inspectors, according to a press release. The action by the corporation comes on Wednesday after TOI carried an article ‘No fire safety audit’, highlighting most structures flouting norms or lacking preparedness in the state capital. BMC mayor Alok Sharma and BMC commissioner Priyanka Das gave directives for the same.
Focus was on structures in BMC zone 3 and zone 4, wherein 18 buildings were inspected by a team headed by BMC fire safety officer Rameshwar Neel. Preparedness against fire-related accidents and mishaps has become a priority for the BMC after an incident in Bairagarh earlier this month. Over 80 shops were gutted in commercial-cum-residential zone in satellite township.
Inspections cited violation in two private hospitals, school, automotive showroom and hotels in the area. During inspection, arrangements for rescue from accidental fire were found missing in buildings.
Another team of the municipal corporation, in-charge assistant officer Iftekhar Khan inspected buildings of eight professional institutes including Zone 18 areas apart from other commercial and residential colonies. Fire-fighting arrangements were incomplete in all the buildings, said a BMC press release.