3,000 societies handed notices by the Fire Brigade department in three years

As per the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006, every housing society must have a necessary fire safety device

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Fire accidents in Mumbai have relatively increased throughout 2018. After the Kamala Mills incident, there have been various incidents of fire accidents which has led to the people questioning the non-compliance of fire safety norms by restaurants. However, the housing societies too have been passive towards the fire safety norms as more than 3,000 societies have been sent notices by the Fire Brigade Department for not complying with them.        

As per the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006, every housing society must have a necessary fire safety device. Without which, the housing society does not receive a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Fire Brigade Department. Alongside, the responsibility to maintain these equipment.

Every six months, the society has to abide by the regulation to conduct a fire safety audit. However, none of the regulations have been followed by housing societies. According to a Fire Brigade official, 90 per cent of the buildings had equipment that were useless, causing a critical situation during a fire accident. Due to which, an amendment was made in the 2006 Act that the societies without fire safety equipment must not receive electricity or water.

As per the information by the Fire Brigade Department, between 2015-18, i.e. in three years, 6,142 buildings were inspected and out of which, 3,026 buildings were found to be being non-compliant with the regulations. Accordingly, action will be taken against defaulters for breaking the regulations under the 2006 Act.

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