Nine years after the enactment of the Fire Safety Act, the Municipal Corporation has come to know about the fire prevention measures in the tallest buildings in Mumbai.
Nine years after the enactment of the Fire Safety Act, the Municipal Corporation has come to know about the fire prevention measures in the tallest buildings in Mumbai. The inspection of fire protection systems in buildings has been made mandatory twice a year. However, 33 central officer posts sanctioned for high-rise building in the fire brigade have not been filled yet. Therefore, the question arises as to who will investigate the information submitted by the buildings regarding the equipment submitted in ‘Form B’. The Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Saving Measures Act came into existence in 2006. Even before that, the number of tall buildings in Mumbai had started increasing. A high-rise building room was set up in 2012 under the fire brigade to closely monitor the fire protection systems in these buildings. The administration approved to recruit 33 new central officers for this unit. Mumbaikars felt that this would lead to stricter measures regarding fire safety in tall buildings.
To date, 33 new posts have not been filled by the Central Officers since the establishment of the tallest building cell. Firefighters, on the other hand, were tasked with inspecting fire extinguishers in high-rise buildings. He was tasked with extinguishing fires, rescuing trapped birds, cleaning up oil spills on the streets, and inspecting fire-fighting systems in tall buildings. However, some officers and employees felt this work and played more in it.
After inspecting a building, firefighters point out flaws in the firefighting system. The fire brigade does not have a mechanism to check whether the errors have been rectified. Considering the growing population of Mumbai, the number of tall buildings, the fire brigade has insufficient manpower. Therefore, it has been observed that it is not being verified whether the defects in the buildings have been rectified or not. Residents in the building also refrain from improving it and shout after the accident. After that, the question of fire safety arises again. In order to lighten the load of work, only the officers and employees of the fire brigade have started demanding immediate recruitment of 33 central officers for the tallest building room. A fire brigade official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that if the system in the buildings is inspected twice a year by the concerned authorities and the high-rise building is strengthened, many accidents can be avoided.