About 200 buildings in Mumbai served notices over fire safety
The Mumbai fire brigade this year inspected a total of 2,486 buildings to check if their fire-fighting systems were functional.
Nearly 208 buildings inspected were found to be non-compliant and notices have been issued to these housing societies and commercial complexes. Besides this, 10,800 hotels, restaurants and other commercial establishments were inspected for fire compliance and action was initiated against 6, 282 establishments for flouting fire norms.
Also, 9,921 gas cylinders were seized after fire officials found them being illegally used.
The inspection was undertaken by 34 special compliance cells under the fire brigade. The compliance cell is supposed to be exclusively in-charge of conducting surprise inspections of building premises.
The total number of blaze calls received by the fire brigade saw a 10% jump to 5,427 in 2018-19 from 4,927 in 2017-18.
Chief fire officer P S Rahagandale said, “Structures were randomly selected for inspection and many of these were found noncompliant following which notices were issued. If corrective action is not taken within the stipulated time, we will have to initiate prosecution action by disconnecting water and electricity supply to these premises.”