This was to help examine if fire safety measures in heritage buildings, most of which are built around the 1930s or prior to that period, were adequate and how they could be upgraded.
But 10 months down the line, the plan has fizzled out with the Mumbai Fire Brigade reneging on it.
“We have been informed by the fire brigade that the onus of ensuring fire safety norms lies with the building owners. Hence, it was decided by the committee last month that fire audits of heritage buildings would be conducted if the owners approach the fire brigade,” said V Ranganathan, MHCC’s chairperson.
The fire brigade also communicated to the committee that it was not feasible for it to inspect every heritage structure owing to manpower crunch.
“Only if the committee asks us for remarks on a heritage building’s fire preparedness, we inspect it and submit the report,” said SA Kale, deputy chief fire officer, who represents the fire brigade in the sub-committee.