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MCGM TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST MALLS AND TALL TOWERS VIOLATING FIRE SAFETY NORMS

mallMCGM has decided to take action against malls and tall towers which fail to follow fire safety norms. The Mumbai fire brigade has also sent notices to 2483 such structures. Following a rise in fire incidents, the MCGM said it will inspect the safety norms at all malls across the metropolis. The civic body will inspect all malls within two months to check whether fire safety norms are in place or not. MCGM Standing Committee Chairman Rahul Shewale said that the fire safety norms in malls and tall towers should be in accordance to the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act 2006. He said that a committee should be formed for each building which will include an officer from the building, an officer from the legal dept and one officer of the fire brigade. He further added that notices have already been issued to 2483 structures in the city violating norms. Rules make it mandatory to have fire exits, proper ventilation and installation of fire-fighting equipment among others at these crowded centres. According to a report by the Fire Brigade Department, the metropolis witnessed 1,237 fire incidents in six months, from May to October. One person died and 15 were injured in these incidents. The report said an average of 200 fire incidents occurred every month. Most of the fires broke out because of defective electricity system. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Hansraj Kanojia for NMTV News.

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