The Haryana fire service department seems to be tightening its noose around the defaulter builders, who are taking the fire extinguishing system lightly in their buildings and risking the lives of many residents.
At a meeting held here on Monday between the fire department, architects, builders, it was decided that if norms are not followed, then the violators would be imprisoned for three months and monetary penalty imposed.
Earlier only notices were served, but now the department is gearing up to take necessary action with immediate effect
to curb violation of Fire Act 2009.
As per the information, nearly 160 high-rise residential buildings with above 35-metre have not been issued no objection certificates (NOC) this year by the Haryana fire services department, as they have failed to meet the required safety norms.
As per the norms all the buildings which are 35 metre and above, should have proper fire extinguishing system.
According to the fire department officials, the root cause of the problem is that the developers obtain NOC at the time of construction but fail to maintain or upgrade the system later on.
HS Sihag chief fire officer said, “Now we would not serve notices to the defaulters who do not keep their fire extinguishing system in order. The court could impose a fine of Rs 5,000 or three months imprisonment to the builder or the person responsible for maintenance of the same.”
He further said, “For the breach the fine could be Rs 1,000 per day. So we have asked all the builders to look after fire extinguishing system in order to avert such situations.”