DCPR man­dates evac­u­a­tion lifts for sky­scrapers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - San­jana Bhalerao

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.

On Fe­bru­ary 8 this year, the SC over­turned a Bom­bay HC or­der that had granted bail to the three ac­cused — Vi­jay Gamb­hire, Ganesh Ya­dav and Ajay Lalge.

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