CITY CARELESS ABOUT FIRE SAFETY?
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.
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.
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.