Divisional commissioner Jalandhar SR Ladhar has issued instructions to all deputy commissioners of the division to conduct special safety audits of all industrial units falling under their jurisdiction. This follows the building collapse incident of Shital Fibres on April 23.
"Deputy commissioners have been instructed to conduct special safety audits of all industrial units falling under their districts and to probe whether all building bye-laws are being adhered to. They must also ensure that mandatory 'No Objection Certificates' of various departments have been obtained by all these units," Ladhar, said.
Deputy Commissioners of Jalandhar, Patiala, Nawanshahr, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Kapurthala, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Pathankot were summoned to convey the message, Ladhar added.
All departments concerned would have to give in writing that they have visited all industrial units and personally verified compliance of all mandatory norms adhered by the concerned units before submitting its report to the deputy commissioners, who in turn would send in a final report.
Within a month, all deputy commissioners will have to submit a report certifying the completion of safety audits and certifying that all the industrial units in their area are complying with all mandatory norms.
Ladhar added that now onwards, all departments concerned would conduct a routine monthly inspection.
Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, during his visit to the site of mishap had announced to conduct special safety audits of all the industrial units and cities across the state.
The audits were to be conducted by both, the departments of Industries and the local government, respectively.
Meanwhile, Ladhar who has been handed over the task of probing into the building mishap and reasons for collapse, has constituted a three-member sub-committee, comprising SDM (Nakodar) Sumeet Kumar, ADC Parneet Bhardwaj and SDM Iqbal Singh Sandhu to complete the inquiry.
He said that Shital Vij has replied to the notice issued to him, seeking his version of possible reasons of building collapse through his advocate.
In his reply, Shital while terming the enquiry as illegal, has expressed his incapability to submit his reply as he is not keeping well and is being treated as a case of "Psychiatric Emergency".