20 kalyanamantapams face action

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A preliminary review of the kalyanamantapams had revealed that of the 94 only two have fire safety equipment.

There has been little progress since the first notices have been issued on fire safety to kalyanamantapams and schools in the city.

In an effort to implement fire safety norms in kalyanamantapams all over the State, notices have been issued to 94 in the city.

Of them, about 50 have been inspected by the Regional Fire Safety Officer of GVMC. Subsequently, a meeting was conducted with proprietors of various associations running the mantapams and managements of schools on implementing fire safety norms.

Notices have been issued in the last week of December giving them a week’s time to respond and the meeting was conducted on January 3. However, there has been no response from the proprietors or organisations running the kalyanamantapams.

Many of them are reportedly in no mood to get the fire safety equipment installed spending anywhere between Rs.10 lakh and Rs.15 lakh. However, it was reliably learnt that at least 20 of them are critical and the GVMC is taking a serious view on them. Their capacity is more than 500.

“Their condition is really bad and if something happens it will be difficult to handle the situation,” an official told The Hindu .

They have already been issued a second notice. If they do not fall in line, closure is imminent, it was learnt.

According to sources, in a second filtration 25 buildings have been inspected by the Fire Safety and City Planning officials. A preliminary review of the kalyanamantapams had revealed that of the 94 only two have fire safety equipment. However, subsequently, small mantapams constructed on community basis have been excluded from the list. That left with the 20 on which GVMC zeroed in for action.

G.V.Prasada Sarma



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