Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) has decided to issue notice to Medi Citi Hospital housed in erstwhile Hotel Sarovar building opposite Secretariat for not having adequate fire safety equipment on Saturday.

An inspection team led by Additional Commissioner K. Dhananjaya Reddy visited the seven-storied complex to check for fire safety measures and found it to be ill equipped to handle any major fire.

Lack static tanks

It lacked static tanks either on terrace or on ground to store water exclusively for fire fighting, external staircase, smoke detectors, emergency lights and the likes. Instead only mobile fire extinguishers were available.

The team also noticed violations of setbacks around with parking and cellar space was occupied in the adjacent five-storied building. The owners were directed to immediately to take up remedial measures of installing fire safety equipment and keep cellar and open spaces free from any obstructions.

Mr. Reddy and other members of the team including one drawn from fire service also went round the Telecom Bhavan high rise under construction nearby. It expressed satisfaction over various measures being taken on fire safety issue in it.

10 teams formed

The Additional Commissioner has made it clear that teams will also be looking into setback, cellar and height violations along with fire safety aspects while conducting their checks on the 100-odd multi-storied buildings identified for checks.

The corporation has formed ten teams earlier this week for checking high raises up to 18 meters of height and above in the twin cities for fire safety measures after the mishap of a high rise building in Koti.