In a recently conducted survey, the city’s fire service department has declared 76 high-rise societies of violating safety norms. On Tuesday, the department moved the local court, urging it to decide on the penalty for 15 such high-rises. These societies are located in sectors 9-A, 10-A, 45 and 56.
The defaulters have either not obtained the mandatory licence or have not renewed the licences. “I have told the fire officer that our apartment has been wrongly served with the notice. The building has only four floors and as not 15,” said the president of residents’ welfare association (RWA), Haryana Apartment, Sector 10-A, requesting not to be named.
According to Section 19 of the Haryana fire Safety Act 2009, a high-rise tower of 15 metre or above needs to obtain a licence for one year from the fire department.
The section adds that the licence must be renewed every year. “We will move the court against all 76 defaulters, but in phases,” said MS Bharadwaj, district fire officer.
The section allows the fire department to move court to fix the penalty, which comprises fine or imprisonment or both.
“A fine of Rs 5,000 or jail for three months or both can be imposed on the defaulter, but the penalty has to be fixed by the court only," said an official.