Fire department issues notices to 13 malls

Fire department issues notices to 13 malls

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has served notices to as many as 13 malls across the City for violating fire safety norms mandated in National Building Code of India (NBCI).

The Department, which slapped the notices, has also directed the managements of these malls to clear the encroachment on driveways within 15 days.

The audit report of the department pointed out that driveways in the malls were encroached upon for storage or parking purposes which is a violation of guidelines mandated in NBCI. The encroachments on the driveways has blocked free movement of emergency vehicles which might pose huge problem in case of any mishap.

 Director General of Police (Fire & Emergency Services) M N Reddi has set a deadline of 15 days for the managements of these malls to adhere to the NBCI norms.

“ We have issued notices to many malls in the City to set right as per original clearance certificate issued. The managements have been given 15 days' time to set right the violations. Action will be taken as per the law if the managements fail to comply with the norms,” Reddi said.

He warned of initiating action including disconnecting power supply to the malls if the violations were not set right. “ Malls have high footfalls. Therefore, fire safety measures are of extreme importance to protect the public from fire hazards,” Reddi said.

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