Panels to check Kolkata fire safety, violators on noticeDecember 10th, 2011 - 10:25 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Dec 10 (IANS) The West Bengal government, which has set up two panels to check safety measures in city buildings in the wake of a devastating fire in a hospital which claimed 91 lives, will be issuing notices to those flouting the safety norms, a minister said Saturday.
“We have already made a survey and found some buildings to have flouted the fire safety norms. We will continue the checks after the weekend and whichever building is found violating the fire safety measures will be given due notices,” Fire and Emergency Services Minister Javed Khan told IANS.
Khan did not reveal the names of the buildings, citing unavailability of details.
“A five-member team headed by D.P. Biswas, the additional director-general (ADG) of the fire department, has been already constituted. Another team also would be formed that will undertake a round-the-week checks of fire safety measures in various educational institutions, hospitals, shops and malls in the city,” Khan said after announcing the constitution of the panel.
The committees, after completing the survey, will submit a weekly report to the principal secretary, which then will be forwarded to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She will decide the future course of action based on the reports.
In the worst fire tragedy in any hospital in India, 91 patients and staffers were killed in city’s well-known AMRI Hospital when a blaze started in the basement of the annexe building early Friday and quickly spread, trapping hundreds of people.
The pre-dawn blaze caught many in their sleep. While most nurses, doctors and other staffers were able to get away, many critically ill patients died in their hospital beds.
A high-level probe team has been also formed under Joint Commissioner of Police Damayanti Sen to look into the tragedy.
Sen earlier said that the fire department had found AMRI Hospital’s safety systems inadequate and had instructed the hospital authorities to upgrade these in July this year.
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