Govt to conduct fire safety audit for all structures

Govt to conduct fire safety audit for all structures

Hyderabad, Jan.25 (NSS): The High Level Committee, constituted by the State government on fire safety norms, has decided that fire safety audit should be done for all the high rise buildings, commercial establishments, hospitals, educational institutions and other huge buildings in Hyderabad and other major cities of Telangana.

The Committee also decided to give ex-gratia amounting to Rs. 5 lakhs to the next of kin of those died in fire mishap at Ramgopalpet near Secunderabad.

Minister for Municipal Administration K T Ramarao, Home Minister Mahmood Ali and Minister for Animal Husbandry Talasani Srinivas Yadav presided over the High Level Committee on fire mishaps and safety at BRKR Bhavan here on Wednesday.

The meeting assumes significance in the wake of the recent fire mishap in Secunderabad.

Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari, DGP Anjani Kumar, Special Chief Secretary MAUD Arvind Kumar, Special Chief Secretary Housing Sunil Sharma, DGP Fire Services Nagi Reddy Senior police, GHMC and Revenue officials attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister K T Ramarao directed the Municipal, Police and Fire department officials to conduct fire safety audit of high rise and huge buildings in Hyderabad and all other important cities of the Telangana within the stipulated time.

“Safety audit should also be done for all hospitals, educational institutions, petrol bunks, gas godowns, commercial establishments and high rise apartments without fail. However, at the same time, the public should not be harassed at any cost in the name of fire safety,” he suggested.

KTR pointed out that with the increasing population, the safety of the people is paramount and officials should  send proposals to amend the fire safety norms formulated in the year 1999 if

necessary.

Stating that the government is ready to provide latest vehicles and machinery to the fire department as it has done to the police department, the Minister asked the Chief Secretary to submit proposals in this regard.

On the occasion, he complimented the officials for their timely response in handling the fire mishap in Secunderabad which has resulted in less loss of life.

KTR also announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the next of kin of those died in the Ramgopalpet fire mishap.

Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav wanted a high level committee to be set up to formulate guidelines to prevent major outbreaks of fire in the city and other major cities across the State.

He observed that there are more than 25 lakh commercial establishments in the twin cities and guidelines should be prepared which would enable them to take up fire safety precautions on their own.

Home Minister Mohmood Ali suggested that fire safety norms should be strictly adhered to while giving building permission.

Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari announced the constitution of a high level committee comprising of senior officials which would suggest measures to prevent fire mishaps.

The Chief Secretary said the proposals for purchasing vehicles and latest equipment along with training to fire department personnel will be submitted soon. DGP Anjani Kumar suggested that special measures should be taken in those establishments responsible for fire mishaps.

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