Fire brigade re­verses ac­tion against CCI, re­turns 20 ‘le­gal’ gas cylin­ders

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - [email protected]­

Mum­bai: Af­ter seiz­ing 40 LPG cylin­ders from the premises of Cricket Club of In­dia (CCI) at Church­gate for al­leged il­le­gal use on Jan­uary 10, the Mum­bai Fire Brigade re­turned 20 of the cylin­ders the very next day. Fire of­fi­cials said the club had per­mis­sion for 20 cylin­ders, but the man­age­ment had failed to pro­duce the no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate (NOC) on the day of the in­spec­tion.

The ac­tion was taken by BMC’s ward-level com­pli­ance cell to con­duct checks on eater­ies and other com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments. Each cell com­prises a fire of­fi­cer, a health of­fi­cer, a po­lice of­fi­cer and a des­ig­nated of­fi­cer.

In the order to re­lease the 20 gas cylin­ders, a copy of which is avail­able with TOI, the fire de­part­ment pointed out to vi­o­la­tions un­der the Fire Safety Act 2006—all cylin­ders were kept in one room. Chief fire of­fi­cer PS Ra­hang­dale con­firmed that 20 gas cylin­ders have been given back to CCI. “They had the per­mis­sion...but all gas cylin­ders were found in one cabin.”

Af­ter CCI au­thor­i­ties in­formed the fire brigade it had ob­tained NOC for the gas cylin­ders in Jan­uary 2015, ver­bal di­rec­tions were is­sued for their re­lease on Jan­uary 11.

“...per­mis­sion is given for 10 in use and 10 in spare for LPG cylin­ders in one gas cabin and 10+10 in other gas cabin, but the owner had kept all gas cylin­ders in one cabin,” stated the order signed by the med­i­cal health of­fi­cer of A ward which cov­ers Co­laba, Cuffe Pa­rade, Na­ri­man Point, Church­gate, Fort ar­eas. “The owner is in­ sub­mit the re­quired doc­u­ments for fire com­pli­ance as per the type and qual­ity of fuel used...” said the order.

But CCI au­thor­i­ties said the fire de­part­ment should have sent a no­tice prior to un­der­tak­ing the in­spec­tion on Jan­uary 10, so that they could have kept all doc­u­ments ready. They added tthat they have per­mis­sion for the re­main­ing 20 cylin­ders too.

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