Mumbai: Around 57% of Hotels, Malls Etc Violated Fire Safety Norms Since Jan 2019

Mumbai: Around 57% of Hotels, Malls Etc Violated Fire Safety Norms Since Jan 2019

The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) has found that since January 2019, 57 per cent of around 12,743 hotels, malls, and other establishments in Mumbai are found to have violated fire safety norms.

The MFB reportedly conducted regular inspections with a joint compliance team consisting of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The two agencies have reportedly sent multiple notices to firms and establishments over non-compliance of fire safety rules.

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In a report sent to the BMC’s standing committee, the MFB said - “From January 2019, inspection of several malls, hotels and commercial establishments were done. During this course, 12,743 hotels and establishments were inspected, post which fire compliance action was taken against 7,278 establishments.”

The MFB also said that around 11,765 illegally used gas cylinders have also been seized over the last two years.

Fire safety in commercial establishments has been in the spotlight since a fire broke out at City Centre Mall on October 22. Though this fire emerged as a level 1 fire, which is designated for small fires, it soon escalated to level 5 which requires a fire brigade call up. 

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“During firefighting at City Centre Mall, it was observed that the firefighting system inside the mall was non-functional. In this regard, appropriate action is under process,” the MFB said in its report.

“Malls, hotels and commercial establishments are locations where footfall is high and hence, we need high-quality fire compliance. The problem with our fire officers is that they are not adequately trained to ascertain fire safety compliance as per Maharashtra Fire Act,” President of Mumbai Fire Brigade Officers’ Association, Prakash Devdas said.

Civic corporators have raised some questions on the quality of the MFB’s fire safety inspections. “If everything was perfect, why did the firefighting system of City Centre Mall not function? This means the inspection was not proper and hence action should be taken against the officers who did inspection,” corporator from Congress and Leader of the Opposition in the BMC, Ravi Raja said.

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