Representatives of various residents’ welfare associations have been rushing to the fire department to obtain the no-objection certificate (NOC) after the department issued an ultimatum to impose a fine of Rs 1,000 per day on the offenders.
A total of 63 high-rise buildings which were found lacking in fire fighting system were issued notices by the fire department asking them to fix their system or pay a penalty of R1,000 per day.
Last month, the department had issued notices to 230 high-rise buildings in the city for not having adequate fire fighting systems and NOCs. In a second round of checking, the department came to know that there are 63 buildings failed to install the system.
“It is mandatory for the welfare associations or builders to get fire extinguishing equipment updated in buildings. We have issued notices to 63 buildings and they are asked to get their system updated in next one month else they could be penalised,” said HC Sihag, chief fire officer.
He said though the penalty would be decided by the court, it could be Rs 1,000 per day. As per the norms, buildings having 35 metre and above height should get proper fire extinguishing system.
According to fire department officials, the developers obtain the NOC at the time of construction but fail to maintain or upgrade the system later on.