BBMP asked to evolve fire safety rules in 2 months

During the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by “Beyond Carlton Trust,” a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice A S Bopanna directed the authorities to devise a system for fire safety inspection of multi-storey buildings at regular intervals. The Bench also asked to ensure that the fire fighting equipment in high rises are kept in working condition.

The Chief Justice suggested the Palike to rope in local people, retired civil servants and residents’ welfare associations in periodic monitoring of fire safety measures in multi-storey buildings. The Bench directed the Fire and Emergency Services department to submit a report on the steps taken to check fire mishaps.

“Beyond Carlton Trust,” is an association of relatives of people who lost their lives in the Carlton Towers fire. Nine people perished in the tragedy on February 23, 2010.

Mediator appointed

The High Court has appointed former Supreme Court judge Justice Shivaraj Patil as the mediator to resolve the conflict between the Wakf Board and ITC Windsor Sheraton.

The suggestion for appointment of a mediator came during the hearing of a petition by ITC Windsor, challenging the constitutional validity of Karnataka Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971.

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice A S Bopanna asked the counsels for petitioner and respondents to suggest the name of the mediator. Both the parties opted for a retired judge of the Supreme Court.

Following a consensus, the Court appointed Justice Shivaraj Patil as mediator and fixed Rs five lakh as initial mediation charges. It also appointed Laila Calbole as senior mediator and directed the registry to transfer the case to Mediation Centre and posted the matter to April 8, 2011 for further action.

Petition disposed

The High Court has disposed of the petition challenging the felling of trees along Sampige Road following an undertaking by the BBMP that no trees would be felled on the stretch.

A V Amaranatha, a City-based advocate had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) questioning the felling of trees. He had alleged that the Palike, without considering the ecological fallouts, had permitted Mantri Builders to construct a mall and an apartment in the area. The Division Bench disposed of the matter.

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