Notices served on 70 hospitals, says Municipal Commissioner
Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu on Friday said hospitals located in the city limits must adhere to fire safety norms by installing fire extinguishing equipment in their buildings.
Addressing a meeting in the municipal corporation council hall with representatives of local hospitals to review implementation of fire safety norms by local hospitals, he said 70-odd hospitals in the city had been served notices for failing to implement fire safety measures.
“This is essential to prevent loss of lives at the time of a fire mishap,” he said.
The Commissioner gave four days time to the hospitals to review their fire safety arrangements and do the needful if need be and submission of an action plan report.
He said the cellars must be devoid of any unauthorised construction, reception counter or medical shops and the setback area must be in sync with the building plan submitted to the Corporation at the construction time.
Some of the participants asked for time to discuss the issue with the medical fraternity and do the needful.
The Commissioner however, made it categorical that any negligence on fire safety norms would invite stringent action against the team of doctors and the directors of the respective hospitals.
Mr. Ravi Babu asked the Corporation officials to organise a demo on use of the fire extinguishing equipment to create awareness among the fraternity.