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Ghaziabad: After audit, fire dept notices to 21 high-rises in Kaushambi

The officials of the fire department said that the individual high-rise societies will have to comply and reply within 30 days from the date of notices.

noida Updated: Oct 14, 2016 13:43 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Kaushambi High-rise apartments,Ghaziabad fire department,Ghaziabad Police
The fire safety audit in the societies, which house nearly 10,000 people, ended on Wednesday.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)

After four incidents of fire in Kaushambi high-rise buildings, a fire safety audit conducted by UP Police’s fire department found all 21 high-rise housing societies in the locality were lacking fire safety norms. All the 21 housing societies were served notices by the fire department.

The safety audit was conducted at the request of the Kaushambi Apartment Residents’ Welfare Association (KARWA) following incidents of fire.

The fire safety audit in the societies, which house nearly 10,000 people, ended on Wednesday.

“During the audit, we found that some of the equipment was not working while some were not installed. These included fire extinguishers, hose rolls, water tanks, sprinkler systems, etc. We have asked each society to get the equipment in working condition and install where not available,” said Akshay Ranjan Sharma, chief fire officer, Ghaziabad.

The officials of the fire department said that the individual high rise societies will have to comply and reply within 30 days from the date of notices.

“We also found fire extinguisher refill slips missing, manually operated alarm systems not functional, exit signages not properly placed among other issues. Through the notices, we have also asked the high rise societies to clear up the open spaces and also clear up the stair cases which would be helpful in case of any evacuation during emergency situations. Since the high rises are old, the fire safety measures are much needed for safety of residents,” Sharma added.

Kaushambi is a prime locality in Ghaziabad which is adjoining Delhi opposite Anand Vihar ISBT. The buildings house many retired and serving senior government officials. The area has various malls, multiplexes, hospitals, hotels and other facilities.

“The audit was carried out on our request to the senior superintendent of police (SSP). A detailed drill was also carried out three weeks back and it lasted nearly three hours. In the second phase, we requested UP director general of police and SSP to order for conducting a fire safety audit of all our buildings in Kaushambi,” said VK Mittal, president, KARWA.

“Following this, the chief fire officer was directed for the audit. Major irregularities have emerged in the audit of buildings. There were 20 checkpoints in the audit and many buildings could not fulfil many check points,” Mittal added.

The different RWAs have now called upon the residents to contribute to get the required measures in place at the earliest.

“We have also started the cost of repairs which is ranging from R4.5 lakh to R7 lakh per tower in each society. The RWAs have also asked residents to contribute towards the fire safety issue. In our own tower, we have got an amount from our reserves and the rest will be contributed by residents. The work has already started in four towers,” Mittal said.

First Published: Oct 14, 2016 13:43 IST