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Surat Municipal Corporation claimed that they have achieved 80% compliance in last five months

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Surat Municipal Corporation claimed that they have achieved 80% compliance in last five months

Since May, the fire and emergency department of SMC has conducted surveys at nearly six lakh properties including residential and commercial complexes and sealed several of them for not adhering to fire safety norms.

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), which woke up from its slumber over compliance to fire safety norms only after 22 young lives were lost in the Takshshila Arcade fire in May this year, has now claimed that they have achieved 80% compliance in last five months.

Since May, the fire and emergency department of SMC has conducted surveys at nearly six lakh properties including residential and commercial complexes and sealed several of them for not adhering to fire safety norms.

Surat city has 14 lakh residential properties, 3 lakh commercial properties, apart from 1,500-odd schools and colleges and another 8,000 tuition classes and about 2,000 industrial units located in and around the city.

SMC deputy commissioner of police, U N Upadhayay said, “We have been able to achieve 80% fire safety compliance in last five months. However, to maintain it year after year, the onus is on people.” He added, “According to the new law, the onus of keeping their residential premises fire complaint lies with the occupant and people have to ensure that they get their NOC’s renewed every year.”

Although much work has been done in schools, tuition classes, commercial properties, shopping complexes, textile markets and hospitals, the fire department has not initiated action on residential properties in the city.

The civic officials have inspected 1,228 residential properties which are high rise and issued notices to 955 of them.

Chief fire officer Basant Parikh said, “Action against erring residential premises will be taken up immediately after Diwali. We have asked respective zonal officials to start disconnecting drainage and water connections of complexes that have not complied with fire safety regulations.”

Source : TNN

(The story has been published from a wire feed without any modifications to the text)

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