Terrorised by last week’s fire incident in a Kolkata high-rise, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has decided to act tough vis-a-vis fire safety norms.
From now on, it would renew its annual no-objection-certificates (NoCs) to high rises only after these buildings clear mock fire-drill tests.
Four fire drills a year have also been made mandatory as per the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) Construction Code in Gurgaon. To begin with, on April 2, MCG officials would put 11 high-rise complexes through a fire-test before issuing renewal of annual NoC.
These buildings include residential high-rises and commercial buildings such as malls and office complexes.
The MCG has also decided to strengthen its own fire fighting capability and would procure 101-meter-high snorkels (hydraulic platforms) that cost approximately Rs 20 crore.
It already has two 42-meter high snorkels that can spray water at a maximum height of 77 meters.
MCG commissioner Rajesh Khullar said he was not satisfied with the prevailing procedure of issuing fire NOCs to hi-rise buildings, which were more prone to fire hazards because of their height.
“From now on, for all buildings whose annual fire NOC nears expiry, agencies owning or maintaining such buildings would have to conduct a fire-drill in the presence of our officials, who would check whether or not the fire-fighting equipment installed in the buildings perform efficiently. The NOC would be renewed only after these buildings pass the fire-drill test,” Khullar said.
The commissioner said as per the NBCC construction norms, all high-rises were required to conduct four fire drills in their premises on a quarterly basis.
“This norm was only being followed on paper by a majority of buildings,” he said.
“Issuance of NOC would also be connected to whether or not the building has followed NBCC norms of four quarterly fire drills,” Khullar added.