Commercial establishments and large residential complexes need to have fire safety measures in place. However, many buildings in the city have no fire protection system. According to Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006, there is a provision for action on such buildings. According to this action, the Fire Department has initiated action to disrupt the water supply in the buildings under the Act.
A meeting of the Fire Department and Electrical Special Committee was held at Dr Panabrao Deshmukh Memorial Standing Committee Hall in Municipal Headquarters on Saturday.The meeting was attended by committee chairperson AD Sanjaykumar Balpande along with committee members Bharati Bunde, Hanumannagar zone chairperson Madhuri Thackeray, Lakdganj zone president Rajkumar Sahu, zone president Gari Chopra, deputy commissioner Dr. Ranjana Lade, chief fire fight officer Rajendra Kalpana.
At the meeting, various plans to take strict actions against the people who do not follow rules were discussed.For the safety of the citizens of the city, every major building, house, school, college, clinic, hotel, commercial establishment, etc. must have fire facilities. From time to time, notice is given by the Municipal Fire Department to the buildings which have no fire protection system. However, many times, no action is taken from the building owners. Taking serious note of this, action has been initiated by the Water Supply Department, under the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006.
Due to the strict action of the Water Supply Department, large building owners, business establishments are now installing fire protection system in large buildings.
On the action taken by the Water Supply Department, Fire Committee Chairman AD Sanjay Kumar Balpande expressed satisfaction and directed to expedite the action. Action should be taken only by following instructions from the fire department.
“Continue the operation and start the water supply only after verifying from the fire department”, said Fire and Electricity Committee Chairman AD Sanjay Kumar Balpande.
If there is any doubt regarding the action, it should be resolved by the concerned fire station officials. The fire connection should be started only after verifying that the fire protection system was installed in the buildings where the tap connection was broken.
He also directed that the owners of such buildings should immediately follow up on the notice issued by the fire department.