By Accommodation Times News Service
State government’s Urban Development Department drafted a proposal to make it compulsory for all the high-rises in the city to have “helipads” on their terraces. This rule is for those buildings which are more than 150-200metres tall enabling better fire emergencies. The development body in collaboration with Maharashtra Fire Service (MFS) has asked for suggestions on the same.
Speaking at the meeting organized by the Fire Protection Association of India the MFS director said, we will be submitting report to the UD department in next 15-20 days. There is need to set new standards in fire protection regulations to ne implemented looking at the massive blaze happened at Lotus Business Park in Andheri were many got injured and fireman was killed. Deshmukh said that if the proposal got approved by the government it will be implemented across the state. Adding further he informed that random checks have been started and so far 53,000 buildings inspections has been done so far. There were no prospectuses since all buildings that were found not complying with fire safety rules were served notices after which they did the same within the stipulated 120 days.
Nitin Shah, president of the FPAI, said, “There is a need for stringent implementation of fire protection laws not just in Mumbai but the entire state. The government needs to look into this and bring in new law as early as possible to protect the common man. Deshmukh also admitted that unionization in the fire brigade is a hindrance.