CITY CARE­LESS ABOUT FIRE SAFETY?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMB­AI -

As per Ma­ha­rash­tra Fire Preven­tion and Life Safety Mea­sures Act, 2006 and 2009, it is com­pul­sory for ev­ery res­i­den­tial com­plex to main­tain fire ex­tin­guisher and sub­mit a cer­tifi­cate is­sued by a li­censed agency twice a year in the months of Jan­uary and June per­tain­ing to the com­pli­ance of fire safety norms to the fire depart­ment of lo­cal body How­ever, most high-rises in the city con­tinue to flout th­ese rules and this has led to a few ma­jor fires in the re­cent past.

Novem­ber 21:

A fire broke out on the 14th floor of Maithali tower, op­po­site Vashi rail­way sta­tion. Since the fire-fight­ing sys­tem in the tower was op­er­a­tional, of­fi­cials were able to douse the flames within 45 min­utes and avoid loss of life and prop­erty, said chief fire of­fi­cial, NMMC Vi­jay Rane.

Novem­ber 12:

A sec­tion of Good­will Par­adise Hous­ing So­ci­ety, Kharghar, was gutted af­ter a fire broke out on the C wing in the sixth floor. Res­i­dents and po­lice of­fi­cials said the build­ing’s fire-fight­ing equip­ment did not func­tion due to poor main­te­nance. By the time three fire ten­ders ar­rived from Kharghar sta­tion, the en­trance doors and ceil­ing of the cor­ri­dors from sec­ond to sev­enth floor were gutted.

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