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Fire safety norms have to be scrupulously implemented: HC

The Bombay high court made certain observations while hearing a PIL on fire safety. The court said that in a city like Mumbai, fire safety norms have to be scrupulously implemented.

The PIL mentioned that majority of fire incidents occur due to short circuits and Mumbai fire brigade’s statistics reveal that 9,711 of 13,815 fire incidents were caused by short circuit from 2009 to 2012.

BMC’s affidavit of March 10, 2015, said it has surveyed 7,196 buildings, sent notices to 4,821 and initiated prosecution against 11. But the bench remarked it is “few” compared to the number of buildings in Mumbai.

The bench also asked if an assurance is taken from developers for compliance with fire safety norms. “In the city of Mumbai, fire safety acts and rules have to be scrupulously implemented,” the court said.

 

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