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160 highrise complexes in the line of fire

india Updated: May 28, 2011 01:07 IST
Divya Sethi

Around 160 highrise residential complexes in the city do not have a proper fire safety system and they have not been given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the fire department.

The Haryana Fire Services department refused to renew the NOCs to housing societies having buildings above 35 metres height.

Most of the buildings fall in the New Gurgaon area and are constructed by private developers. Gurgaon has about 750 highrises. As per the fire safety norms, all buildings more than 35 metre high must have a proper fire extinguishing system.

Fire department officials said though the developers obtain NOCs at the time of construction, they fail to maintain or upgrade the system.

HS Sihag, chief fire officer, Gurgaon, said: "Earlier, it was not directly in the hands of fire department. After the implementation of Fire Act 2009, we are now more vigilant and are not issuing NOCs to 160 societies because they do not fulfill the set norms."

According to new rules, fire officials inspect the site and take photographs of the system after receiving a request for an NOC by a builder. The application should also have the signature of the respective RWA members stating that the fire safety system is in working condition.

Then a recommendation letter is sent to the commissioner of the municipal corporation by the department granting the NOC.

For each highrise building, it is mandatory to get the NOC renewed every year from the fire department.

To tackle the problem of defaulters, the department has called a special meeting of developers, fire experts and architects on May 30.