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Second batch of inspections taken up by GHMC

No proper approach road, open spaces and external staircase in hospitals

In the third inspection, 160 buildings will be checked for safety measures

HYDERABAD: One hundred and thirtytwo more 50-bed hospitals in the twin cities have been found lacking fire safety measures during the second batch of inspections taken up by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation's Fire Prevention Wing.

These are in addition to the 75 hospitals of the same bed strength lacking fire-fighting facilities unearthed by the Fire Prevention Wing in the first inspection.

Areas inspected

The second stage of inspections was taken up in Hayathnagar, Kukatpally, Panjagutta, Gandhinagar, West Marredpally and Mehdipatnam. Here too, none of the hospitals inspected had a proper approach road, open spaces, external staircase and fire fighting equipment, said Additional Director K. Jayaram Naik.

The exercise was taken up following the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner's decision to inspect all buildings of public usage following the fire accident at Park Hospital in Somajiguda.

The first inspections were done in L.B.Nagar, Dilsukhnagar, Malakpet, Koti, Secunderabad, Uppal and surrounding areas.

Phase-wise inspections

In the third inspection, 160 buildings in Narayanaguda, Kachiguda, Nampally, Kukatpally Housing Board Colony and Himayathnagar are to be checked for fire safety, he said.

Inspection reports detailing deficiencies in fire and life safety measures would be handed over to the District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) and she will be issuing notices to hospital managements to take up preventive measures.

All commercial buildings, marriage halls, shopping centres, departmental stores, hotels, lodges, bars & restaurants run in buildings of a height of 10 to 15 metres or three to five floors along with schools located in even two floors will also be covered in the exercise, Mr. Naik added.