Mumbai shop fire: Civic body asks all eateries to implement fire safety measures in a month
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will set up dedicated fire cells to further make sure they do.mumbai Updated: Dec 21, 2017 10:48 IST
After a major fire broke out at an illegal snack-making unit at Sakinaka in Andheri (East) on Monday, the civic body has decided to give all commercial units a month’s time to take necessary fire safety measures. This means that shops and eateries using cooking fuel like LPG cylinders, piped natural gas, diesel and wood will have to make improvements as per Fire Codified Requirements or face action including closure of the unit.
Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will set up dedicated fire cells to further make sure they do. According to officials, the fire safety norms will be revised as per the type and amount of cooking material used and this information will be made available to BMC’s information centres. Chief fire officer PS Rahangdale told HT, “If shops including small-scale units fail to adhere to the safety norms, they will be shut down immediately. While this is a short-term strategy, dedicated cells at 34 fire stations to inspect and send notices across the city is our long-term strategy.”
The fire department currently responds to citizens’ complaints about non-compliant buildings and intimates ward offices. The new cells to be set up under the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Act, 2006, shall ensure fire compliance of buildings and direct coordination between the fire site and building and factory departments.
In the last 3 years, the fire department has inspected 4,647 structures half of which were found to be non-compliant, said officials.
Speaking about the delay in setting up such cells, Rahangdale said, “So far we were working on software development and getting new infrastructure. The department now needs more manpower and infrastructure to inspect illegal structures as well.” He added that the BMC will get 23 jeep-sized fire tenders by end of December.
According to a senior official, who did not wish to be named, the separate cells to be headed by respective ward officers will be set up within 15 days.