Housing board given NOC before completion of fire-fighting work

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2016 12:30 IST

Though fire-fighting system is yet to be installed at the Sector-63 housing society, the municipal corporation has issued no objection certificate to the Chandigarh Housing Board in advance, thereby putting the lives of more than 2,100 flat owners to risk.

During a visit to the site, it was found that electric motors were not connected with electrical panels installed for the fire-fighting system. The cables were laid on the terrace without any support.

On December 21 last year, HT had highlighted that the allottees were given possession without obtaining the mandatory no objection certificate (NOC) from the MC’s fire department.

After the report, the CHB on January 6 procured the NOC from the MC, without even finishing the installation of necessary fire-related equipment. Thereafter, another HT report highlighted several anomalies in solar water heating system. Now the housing board is working on correcting those defects.

The report had highlighted how the board’s electrical department had installed solar water heating system close to the rooftop edge, whereas, as per the norm, a distance of three metres from the edge is mandatory. Now, citing space crunch, the CHB has changed the rule by making it to just one metre.

Electrical department executive engineer Sunil Malik said, “The installation work of the fire-related equipment is complete.” After informing that the work was still going on, Malik, ducking the issue, maintained, the contractor must be removing the duct cover.

MC commissioner B Purushartha said, “Though I am not aware about the issue, I will look into it on Thursday.”

Launched in 2008, the CHB had constructed a total of 2,108 flats under the project, of which 336 fall in three-bedroom category, 888 are two-bedroom apartments and 564 are onebedroom sets.

Besides, there were 320 EWS (economic weaker section) flats. In the past three months, most of the allottees have been given the possession.

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