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1,200 Delhi schools lack fire safety measures

As many as 1,200 city schools, including some top privately run institutions, are flouting fire safety norms, a right to information (RTI) query has revealed.

delhi Updated: Dec 16, 2010 00:23 IST

As many as 1,200 city schools, including some top privately run institutions, are flouting fire safety norms, a right to information (RTI) query has revealed.

While many government schools do not have basic fire-fighting equipment, many private schools have not bothered to get their facilities certified from the fire department.

Delhi Fire Service (DFS), in reply to an RTI application filed by activist Manish Bhatnagar, said as many as 1,200 schools in Delhi are functioning without a no objection certificate from it.

These schools include Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj; Amity International School, Malviya Nagar; and Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, the RTI reply said. Government institutions like Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Mandawali; Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Sultanpuri; and Sarovadaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Madanpur Khadar are yet to get fire safety clearance certificates, the DFS said.

Deputy chief fire officer AK Sharma said: "Schools are bound to follow the fire safety norms prescribed by the directorate of education (DoE). If DoE tells us to verify if any school is flouting rules, then only can we start a scrutiny."