Even as the proposed amendments in the fire safety provisions of the development control regulations (DCR) are aimed at introducing safety reforms in high-rises, sources in the civic body said more such reforms are in the pipeline.
Senior civic officials have told the Hindustan Times that comprehensive fire safety reforms for existing as well as new buildings, below 70 metres, was on.
A senior civic official, not wishing to be named, said, “Just like the BMC chief has targeted discretionary powers which have been exercised, next on the agenda is the misuse of such powers in terms of fire safety norms in a structure. A comprehensive review of these powers will be happening soon.”
According to civic sources, reviewing these rules would include reviewing existing fire safety regulations as well as regulating the practice of condoning open spaces around the city.
“Our fire brigade officials regularly complain about the lack of mandatory open spaces around the building, as a result of which our fire tenders can’t even enter the structure in times of emergency. Hence, the amendments will take care of these flaws.”