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Conduct regular checks on malls, BMC to fire dept

With the increase in the cases of fire in public places like mall, and multiplexes, the civic standing committee on Tuesday asked the fire brigade department to conduct regular checks and inspections to check whether the fire safety norms are in place or not.

mumbai Updated: Dec 22, 2010 01:41 IST
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With the increase in the cases of fire in public places like mall, and multiplexes, the civic standing committee on Tuesday asked the fire brigade department to conduct regular checks and inspections to check whether the fire safety norms are in place or not.

According to the data the city has recorded over 1200 fire incidents in the last six months since May to October, however in these incidents one person has died and 15 have been injured, according to latest Mumbai fire brigade report.

The members of the standing committee said that after the fire brigade department inspects the malls they will take action against those violating the norms under the new fire safety act and also prosecute them to set a precedent for the others.

Rahul Shewale, chairman of the standing committee has also written to the Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya asking him to form a three member committee consisting of a fire brigade officer, law officer and official from the development plan department.

“We have already begun the process of inspecting malls, multiplexes and high –rises and have almost covered most of the malls. The compliances rate is also very good and once who wont comply they will have a tough time renewing their fire NOC’s ,”said a senior fire official, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Members of the standing committee also asked that the fire department must submit their inspection report to the committee.