Noida fire: Authority to crack down on those flouting land-use norms
Sources said that large-scale commercial activities are taking place in the industrial sectors of Noida, which leads to several problems, including traffic jams due to illegal parking. The fire department personnel had experienced problems in dousing the fire in Sector 11 due to illegal parking and encroachment on roads.noida Updated: Apr 21, 2017 21:59 IST
Following orders from the state minister for Industrial development, Satish Mahana, the Noida authority will take action against all land owners and associated parties involved in running commercial activities on land allocated for industrial use.
The minister was in Noida on Thursday to take stock of the situation after a CFL packaging company — Excel Greentech — was gutted in a fire on Wednesday, claiming six lives in the process.
Sources said that large-scale commercial activities are taking place in the industrial sectors of Noida, which leads to several problems, including traffic jams due to illegal parking. The fire department personnel had experienced problems in dousing the fire in Sector 11 due to illegal parking and encroachment on roads.
Commercial activities on industrial plots hamper smooth flow of traffic and cause snarls during the peak hours or when vehicles rush in during an emergency.
“Following instructions of the minister, we have decided to start a crackdown against units that are violating the land-use condition in industrial as well as residential areas. Soon, we will also initiate action against those who are misusing the space reserved for parking in a building,” said Shishir Singh, an additional chief executive officer of the Noida authority.
A report by the Noida authority also stated that the parking space in the building that was gutted down in the fire was being used for other purposes.
“Excel Greentech, the company that was running the electrical product agency, had stored highly flammable LED lights and other electrical products on the ground floor, which is meant for parking, as per the building layout submitted to the planning department of the authority. We will act against industrial plot owners who are violating the land use, to ensure such incidents do not take place again,” said Singh.
Mahana inspected the burnt building and also another private company office in Sector 1, which was running without an operational fire safety system. The minister had expressed shock that the large complex did not have a safety system and directed the authorities to conduct annual fire safety check of all buildings.
Following the minister’s instructions, the Noida authority chief executive officer (CEO), Amit Mohan Prasad, directed his staff to prepare a plan to launch a drive against building owners who are violating the land-use laws and creating a hazardous situation.
“The CEO has clearly directed us to ensure that laws are being adhered to and no one flouts the law,” said Singh.