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