Following the recent massive fire incident in Secunderabad, a high-level review meeting was held at Burgula Rama Krishna Rao Bhavan on the measures to be taken against large buildings lacking fire prevention permits.
During the meeting, officials agreed to conduct a safety audit of all heavy or tall buildings, businesses, commercial buildings, hospitals, school buildings, petrol stations, gas warehouses, and high-rise apartments in the state’s major cities, including Hyderabad.
An ex gratia of Rs 5 lakhs was announced for the families of the three who died in the fire accident at Ramgopal Pate, Secunderabad.
Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao stated on this occasion that fire safety audits should be completed on a regular basis with municipal, police, fire, and other departments.
It was clarified that measures should be taken in the name of a fire safety audit in order to protect people.
The minister stated that the safety of the people in the growing city is of the utmost importance and that if necessary, suitable proposals to amend the fire safety laws framed in 1999 should be sent.
Minister KTR praised the government for responding quickly to the recent fire in Secunderabad and taking steps to prevent loss of life.
Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari was directed to send the necessary proposals as soon as possible, indicating that the government is willing to provide modern vehicles and fire engines to the fire department, as well as high-rise apartments, as provided to the Iruku Police Department in Old Basti.
Animal husbandry and cinematography minister Talasani Srinivasa Yadav suggested that a high-level committee be formed to develop guidelines for preventing major fires in the city and other cities.
He stated that approximately 25 lakh businesses and commercial complexes in Hyderabad should be provided with appropriate guidelines to help them take their own fire safety precautions.
Home minister Mahmood Ali said that strict fire safety regulations should be imposed during building construction.
Along with submitting appropriate proposals for the purchase of modern equipment needed by the fire department, steps will be taken to provide proper training to the fire department’s officers and staff on modern procedures. DGP Anjani Kumar has suggested that businesses and institutions that are the source of the fire take extra precautions.
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