DCPR mandates evacuation lifts for skyscrapers
MUMBAI: A day after fire brigade officials struggled to access the top three floors of Beaumonte building at Prabhadevi on Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now made it mandatory for buildings with more than 22 floors to install fire evacuation lifts and fire check floor to facilitate rescue operations.
These are the new rules spelled out in the new Development Control and Promotional Regulation (DCPR) 2034.
“Once the DCPR 2034 is approved, all upcoming highrises will have to install external evacuation lifts. Otherwise, the fire brigade will not approve an NOC,” said civic chief Ajoy Mehta. According to the DCPR, the fire check floor shall be provided at every 70 meters level or 22nd floor. The entire floor shall have fire drenchers/sprinklers. It is also mandatory for owners to keep the area clean and free of encumbrances and encroachments. This floor will be an addition to the refuge area.
The lifts must have additional power backup, fire-resistant cabins and glass, which will help firemen reach to the affected floors and rescue victims. “The lifts should reach the top floor from ground level within a minute,” reads DCPR 2034. Residents can use the lifts on regular basis, so that it’s maintained. They shall have a carrying capacity of 8 people or 545 kg.
The move gains significance in wake of Wednesday’s fire at the high-rise in Prabhadevi, where 20 out of 60 firemen had to climb 33 floors with heavy hose pipe. Currently, the fire brigade has 90-metre hydraulic ladders that can go up to 30 floors. However, as it was experienced in the Beaumonde case, the ladders were rendered unusable as there were structural restrictions. DCPR has also made provisions of fire escape chutes and lowering devices for operation in skyscrapers. MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has announced a compensation of Rs10 lakh to the family of Mohsin Shaikh, a software engineer who was bludgeoned to death in the 2014 Pune riots. The state and Centre each will contribute Rs5 lakh to the Shaikh family. The decision was taken after the Pune district collector, in a report, recommended the assistance. Shaikh, 28, was killed during communal clashes in Pune following the circulation of ‘objectionable’ pictures of Chhatrapati Shivaji and late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray on social networking sites on May 31, 2014. He was returning home when around 21 members of a right wing group waylaid him on the outskirts of Pune, hit him on the head with hockey sticks and stones on June 2 evening.
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