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Stricter fire safety norms for Indore, but will it work?

Wednesday - November 6, 2019 10:59 am , Category : MADHYA PRADESH

 
WTN- The Indore Municipal Corporation has mandated NOC for fire safety by owners of buildings of a stipulated height. Under a public notice issued by the IMC commissioner, a window of 90 days has been given to builders to get the NOC for their buildings. Any building of 15 metres or more height will need the fire NOC.

Apart from this, hotels, education institutes or business establishments with an area of 500 square metres or more too will need the NOC. Also the buildings need to have the right firefighting equipments in place so that they are prepared for any eventuality. The administration has also released a list of 14 authorised fire consultants whose help can be taken by builders/building owners regarding fire safety equipments and their fitment, application etc. It has also been said that at the end of 90 days if any building of the mentioned height is found flouting the norm, action will be taken against the owner. 

It must be mentioned that in the recent past the city has seen several incidents of fire in hotels and buildings due to short circuit or other reasons and they were found wanting as far as preparedness against fire hazards is concerned. This has prompted the administration to bring out stricter rules for adherence to fire safety norms. Fire safety norms are often violated in India even as fire incidents are very common, taking the lives of hundreds every year.

Lack of proper monitoring, laxity in implementation of the rules etc. lead to gross neglect of  this very important safety aspect. Cinema halls, malls, schools, colleges, hospitals, apartment buildings, offices, functions – all are potential cauldrons which only need a stray spark to blast off. 

We have seen tragedies happen at all of these places in one city or the other. Amazingly, even the fire department in many cities is plagued with inadequacies and lack of advanced equipments to effectively douse a major fire, especially in challenging locations. Yet, it is surprising that we don’t learn from these and fire safety norms are still largely violated even as our fire fighters have their own battle at hand – to surmount challenges in the face of inadequacies of equipments and training. It has to be seen now how far the Indore administration’s instructions are followed in letter and spirit and how far highhandedness and corruption have their sway.

Only if the rules are implemented with honesty and those accountable for lapses brought to book immediately, can this fire safety rule be successful. Or else, like many other rules and laws, this too will end up in a whimper. Indore, like many other cities, will continue to live on the edge, a potential disaster looming close.- Window To News