BBMP to crack down on bars & restaurants that neglect fire safety

BBMP to crack down on bars & restaurants that neglect fire safety

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will crack down on all bars and restaurants that operate illegally or neglect fire safety.  

Kailash Bar and Restaurant, where five employees died in an inferno early on Monday morning, had clearly flouted fire safety regulations, Mayor R Sampath Raj told DH.  "There were no fire extinguishers, fire exits or ventilators. Police and the fire brigade are investigating the incident," he added.  

The civic body raided a number of rooftop pubs and restaurants in  Bengaluru, after a fire in a Mumbai pub on December 29, 2017, killed 14 lives.  The raids mainly targeted bars and restaurants in Indiranagar, Kammanahalli, MG Road, Lavelle Road and Brigade Road.  

At least eight bars found flouting the rules were penalised and closed while 150 others were served notices for neglecting fire safety.  Most bars were found using flammable materials like bamboo and wood.  Some bars had occupied the footpath.  

The mayor said  Monday's incident would lead to more raids on such establishments in the coming days.  

What BBMP rules say

BBMP regulations stipulate emergency exits in all public buildings in case of fire accidents. There should also be fire alarms equipped with fire extinguishers.

The mayor said he had instructed the fire force to check fire safety in all public buildings. Once the report comes,  all buildings found neglecting fire safety would lose trade licences, he added.  

According to him, the BBMP's job is to approve building plans and issue trade licences. The fire force is responsible for ensuring fire safety.  

In numbers  

* No of liquor shops in the city:  866

* Bars and restaurants:  1,375  

* Pubs:  74  

* Registered liquor-selling outlets  as per the Karnataka   Excise Department:  3,130

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