No fire au­dit in your hous­ing so­ci­ety? You may have to pay fine

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tanushree Venka­tra­man tanushree.venka­tra­man@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Come Jan­uary 2016, all high-rises, malls, mul­ti­plexes, starred ho­tels, com­mer­cial build­ings and shop­ping cen­tres in the city that haven’t sub­mit­ted a fire safety au­dit cer­tifi­cate will have to pay a heavy penalty.

Sec­tion 3 of the Ma­ha­rash­tra Fire Preven­tion and Life Safety Mea­sures Act, 2006 makes it manda­tory for own­ers or oc­cu­piers to sub­mit a fit­ness cer­tifi­cate af­ter con­duct­ing fire au­dits twice a year — in Jan­uary and July. As the rule is of­ten flouted, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC), in Au­gust, put up an “ap­peal”, ask­ing own­ers or oc­cu­piers of high-rises (45m and above), malls, mul­ti­plexes, starred ho­tels, com­mer­cial build­ings and shop­ping cen­tres to sub­mit a fire safety au­dit cer­tifi­cate. The dead­line for sub­mis­sion ends next month. So far, the BMC hasn’t re­ceived even one cer­tifi­cate, said se­nior civic of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to the law, fail­ure to com­ply with the rule could lead to a penalty of Rs20,000 to Rs50,000 or rig­or­ous im­pris­on­ment for the owner for six months to three years. There has never been an in­stance of the owner be­ing jailed for flout­ing fire safety norms, said of­fi­cials.

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