Staff Reporter

MCH, Fire Services paste caution notices on the buildings

  • Deadline for installation is December 20
  • Even hospitals feature in the list of defaulters

    HYDERABAD: With the High Court setting a month's deadline for the identified high rises to take fire safety measures, the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) and Fire Services Department, in a joint action, started pasting caution notices on the buildings.

    The notices in English, Telugu and Urdu languages states that the buildings are not safe in case of fire mishaps, lists the steps to be taken and warns of penal actions to be taken including sealing of premises, in case the fire safety equipment is not installed by December 20.

    Unveiling the posters on Wednesday, MCH Commissioner Sanjay Jaju said that the posters would be pasted on all the 80-odd high-rise buildings - residential buildings of 18 metres and above, commercial buildings of 15 metres and above - in the next few days.

    "This is the final warning to owners and tenants living in these buildings. We gave them enough time for the last one year on the need to make their buildings fireproof," he said.

    Fire safety measures to be installed include fire alarms, hydrants, extra water tanks, extinguishers, proper parking, etc.,

    The local fire office will be ready to offer any assistance to citizens to identify fire safety measures and necessary equipment.

    As some measures can be without altering the structure, building owners/occupiers should not hesitate to spend the money required without any further delay, he said.

    District Fire Service Officer, Venkat Narayana, said some of the high rises under the scan had not taken the final no-objection certificate.

    Later, Additional Commissioner K. Dhananjaya Reddy (Planning & Projects) led a team of officials to ensure the posters were affixed on Maheswari Complex (Masab Tank), RMK Plaza (Road No.1, Banjara Hills), Divya Shakti Apartments (Ameerpet), Vista Grand Tower and another building owned by B.N. Prabhavathi & P.V.A. Rama Rao on Raj Bhavan Road.

    Government buildings

    There are several Government buildings among the high rises which have come under the High Court scrutiny for lack of fire safety measures: Food court of Andhra Pradesh Tourism (Lower Tank Bund), Income Tax Building (A.C. Guards), Sankshema Bhavan (Masab Tank), NMDC (Masab Tank), HUDA (Ameerpet), Vidyut Soudha (Khairatabad). Secretariat `I' block, Jala Soudha building (Erra Manzil), Aranya Bhavan (Saifabad), BSNL (Adarshnagar & S.P. Road).

    Interestingly, three hospitals also feature in the list: Apollo Hospitals (Jubilee Hills), Care Hospital (Banjara Hills) and Hyderabad Eye Hospital (Banjara Hills).