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Schools must get fire clearance: CM

delhi Updated: Apr 16, 2011 00:52 IST
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Concerned about poor fire fighting measures in a large number of Delhi schools, chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday asked the schools to fix the loopholes at the earliest.

Dikshit said she has asked chief secretary PK Tripathi to issue an advisory to all schools that have not obtained necessary clearance from fire department.

"Such schools should get the fire safety certificate at the earliest," Dikshit said.

The directions came following newspaper reports that about 1,500 schools in Delhi are operating without fire safety clearance.

Quoting Delhi Fire Service Director AK Sharma, the newspaper reports said the fire department had issued fire safety certificates to only 60% school buildings.

"Rest of the schools have either not approached the fire services department for a clearance or not complied with the prescribed fire safety norms," Sharma had said on Thursday.

While the fire department has also served notices to individual schools that did not comply with the norms, Sharma had stressed that the education department should also come forward and cooperate with the fire department to identify discrepancies in each school.

Meanwhile, Dikshit also reviewed the existing disaster management mechanism in Delhi in a meeting on Friday morning. She underlined the need for an effective awareness programme and asked Delhi Disaster Management Authority to conduct mock drills at regular intervals.

Dikshit also reviewed the standard operating procedures for situations like earthquake, fire, flood and building collapse. She later told reporters that emergency operation centres have been established in all districts and at the DDMA's headquarter, which will immediately swing into action during natural disaster.