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Eager to move to civic centre, councillors ignore fire safety

delhi Updated: Mar 30, 2011 00:30 IST

Even a year after its inauguration, the tallest building in the city - MCD Civic Centre - is yet to get fully functional.

Unable to obtain a no objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department, the political wing of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to move ahead without official clearance.

Sources said that since the term of a number of MCD councillors serving as the mayor, standing committee chairman, leader of the House and chair-persons of various committees is coming to an end, they want to shift to the Civic Centre before their term expires.

The fire department officials had carried out an inspection last Wednesday and had found a number of shortcomings. As a result of that an NOC was not issued, sources said.

"The blocks, where the political wing has to shift is still not ready. Following an inspection, fire officials have told us to carry out certain alterations and fix the shortcomings too. Once we rectify those, another inspection will be carried out so that an NOC can be given," said a senior MCD official.

Unperturbed by all this, the political wing has decided to move in to the Civic Centre within a week's time.

"We have told the fire officials that meetings such as the MCD House or of the standing committee will not be conducted in the halls. But we have made barricading within the blocks that have been earmarked for the councillors and we will shift there without an NOC," said Subhash Arya, leader of the MCD House.

Before granting an NOC, the Delhi Fire Service looks for provisions such as dedicated area for stationing of water cannons, emergency exits, fire resistant electrical fittings and a route for effective movement of deployed Delhi fire service personnel.

"There are a number of shortcomings in the building which is why we have not issued them a fire clearance. Once the shortcomings are taken care of, we will carry out another inspection," said AK Sharma, chief fire officer, Delhi Fire Services.