Fire brigade cuts power to 250 shops
The Mumbai fire brigade department has cracked the whip under the new fire act that was implemented last year.mumbai Updated: Oct 30, 2010 01:14 IST
The Mumbai fire brigade department has cracked the whip under the new fire act that was implemented last year.
The fire department has disconnected power supply of Sussex Industrial Estate, which has 250 shops, at Byculla under the Maharashtra Fire and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006, for flouting fire safety norms and for not paying heed to their notices.
As part of the drive, the fire brigade has inspected 55 malls, multiplexes, and commercial premises and issued notices to 27 establishments, as they were found flouting safety norms. “Building which neglect two-three fire brigade notices will have to face stern action under the fire act,” said Uday Tatkare, chief fire officer, Mumbai fire brigade.
Action again Sussex Industrial Estate, which has 250 commercial galas in two separate wings (buildings), is the first instance of the fire brigade punishing the offenders.
The fire department with help from the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) disconnected power supply to both buildings of Sussex Industrial Estate on Wednesday.
The power supply was restored next day, but only after getting a written assurance from the society that they would rectify the safety errors within a stipulated period.
“The society has been told to remove the fixed grills of balconies, which could prove to be the biggest hindrance in case of a fire. Also, the passages and staircases inside the building were blocked with industrial equipment, which could be a problem during rescue operations,” said a fire officer from the concerned ward.
Iqubal Patel, a member of Sussex society said, “We have started work immediately and have also assured the fire department that the work will be done in a few days.”
Speaking about other commercial buildings in the city, which flout fire safety norms, Tatkare said, “We are inspecting other building too and those who are rigid to comply by the fire safety measures will have to face similar action.”