In light of recent fire mishaps, Telangana home minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali met with officials from the Telangana Fire Services department and home secretary Jitendar. Director General (fire) Y Nagi Reddy, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) enforcement director Dr. Vishwajit K and other officials were present.
During the meeting, officials discussed in detail the various violations discovered in buildings where cellars meant for parking were used as godowns, resulting in fires.
The state home minister directed officials to gather information about the buildings where violations were discovered and present it on Wednesday.
Fire dept to crack down on safety violators
Following a series of major ‘life-claiming’ incidents in the last year, the fire department is likely to launch a major crackdown on fire safety violations.
In March of last year, 11 people were killed in a fire at a scrap godown in Bholakpur, Musheerabad. Another eight people were suffocated to death a few months later in September when a fire broke out at the Ruby Hotel and Lodge in Secunderabad.
The most recent incident occurred on Minister’s Road in Secunderabad, where efforts to locate the bodies of missing people are ongoing. One person’s charred remains have been discovered, and efforts are underway to locate two more people who are feared dead.
Prior to the Minister’s Road fire, officials had begun inspecting buildings, particularly lodges, hotels, and other related accommodations. Wherever discrepancies were discovered, notices were issued.
During the inspections, major violations were discovered where hotels operated on the ground floor of buildings and management established lodges on the upper floors.
Inspectors also discovered that there were no second staircases or alternate escape routes, and the structures lacked proper setbacks for fire personnel to move around and work.
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