State industries minister Satish Mahana is to yet act on the promises he made during his visit to gutted Noida building in Sector 11. Six employees of a factory that deals with the packaging of CFLs were burnt to death in a fire that engulfed the building in Noida’s Sector 11 on Wednesday.
After inspecting the gutted building and files of many other buildings he said almost all tall or low-rise buildings in Noida lack proper fire safety mechanism, thereby putting people’s life at risk. He had said that the UP government will take action against those responsible for lapses in fire incident as the building was not authorised. On a visit to Noida on April 20, the minister promised to take action against the officials responsible in 24 hours.
He had asked the Noida authority and the fire department officials to send reports on the incident.
“Our department has sent report on the incident as per orders of the minister. In the report, we have clearly mentioned that if the building owner had obtained no objection certificate from the fire department and had also taken occupancy certificate, which is issued only when the fire safety mechanism is put in place, this incident could have been averted. The fire department had no role in issuing the OC (occupancy certificate) or the NOC. It is the Noida authority that should made it binding on the factory owners to comply with the rules,” Aman Sharma, deputy director, fire department, UP, said.
The Noida authority allegedly allowed operations in the building, which neither had the necessary clearance from the fire department and nor did it obtain the occupancy certificate. The same marked a violation of several building by-laws.
But even after four days of the industries minister’s announcement, no one from the fire department or the Noida authority has been held accountable for the incident.
“We have sent our reports on the incident to government officials in Lucknow. Pramod Kumar Aggarwal, additional CEO of the Noida authority, who is heading the inquiry panel, sent the report,” Amit Mohan Prasad, chief executive officer of the Noida authority, said.
Those who survived the blaze said that if the fire safety mechanism was in place, the fire would have been put out before it grew bigger and gutted the building.