Basements of many hospitals are cluttered with inflammable materials making them big fire traps, according to fire officials.
“If a fire erupts in the basement it will be noticed very late. It’s best not encroach the basements,” said a fire official who requested anonymity.
In a recently conducted audit, fire officials found that 40 of the 67 major hospitals in Mumbai are not equipped to fight a blaze.
“According to the new Fire Prevention and Safety Act, all high-rise hospitals have to appoint a trained fire officer who will be in charge of maintenance and using the fire fighting apparatus. Most of the hospitals have violated this norm,” he said.
A spokesperson of the Asian Heart Institute said: “We welcome the initiative by the Mumbai Fire Brigade to undertake the fire audits. We have noted that there are some new mandates issued by the Fire Brigade as well, which we are taking cognisance of.”
A spokesperson for Lilavati said he didn’t want to comment on the issue, while repeated attempts to contact officials from Bombay Hospital and Kokilaben Hospital were unsuccessful.