No fire safety measures in majority of Rajasthan housing board
In case of a fire, a majority of the Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB) high-rise buildings could turn into death traps for its occupants because fire safety, it seems, is the last thing on their priority list.
The fire and emergency services department of Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) often issues notices to owners of private and commercial establishments for flouting fire safety norms.
But, it seems to have turned a blind eye towards the high-rises constructed by the (RHB) as more than 35 buildings have neither installed fire safety measures nor procured No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the JMC.
High-rises situated in Pratap Nagar, Mansarovar and Indira Gandhi Nagar are posing serious threat to thousands of residents in absence of fire safety measures. In majority of high-rises fire extinguishers, sand buckets and other equipment to control fire are missing. Moreover, barring some fire-fighting measures like smoke alarms, sprinkler systems, which the fire department advises for all buildings and emergency staircase other security measures cannot be seen in these housing societies.