The civil hospital in Gurgaon installed 16 new fire extinguishers on Monday in a bid to renew the fire safety no objection certificate (NOC) that expired in March 2016.
The hospital, which has over 500 admitted patients and staff and is visited by over 3,000 out patients every day, has been risking lives without adequate fire safety arrangements for almost a year.
“We are upgrading the fire system. We have got ₹7 lakh budget this year. We will apply for the NOC to the fire department as soon as we fix irregularities that they have pointed out last year. We will fix the leakage in the water pipe and fill the water storage tank before applying for an NOC,” Kanta Goyal, principal medical officer, civil hospital, Gurgaon, said.
After several reminders by the fire department, the government hospital applied for an NOC in December 2016. However, because of irregularities in fire safety standard, it failed to get the certificate, the fire department said.
Narender Yadav, an officer of the fire department, had conducted an inspection at the hospital and found irregularities such as leakage in the pipe that connects to the water tank, empty fire extinguishers, unavailability of water in the storage tank and inadequate number of extinguishers for the 10,000-square metre area of the hospital.
The fire department confirmed that it has not yet received an application from the hospital for an NOC after the first inspection. “The hospital was denied an NOC as we found leakage in the water unit connected to the main tank. We have asked the hospital to fix it. Also, we have suggested to increase the number of fire extinguishers. We have been informed by them that they have issued a tender to fix the pipe and they will have to submit a report regarding the same with us. We will conduct another inspection before giving an NOC,” IS Kashyap, senior fire officer, fire department, Sector 29, said.