Flat owners should install fire-fighting devices as the building belongs to them but not the builder. An apartment is constructed according to the building bylaws and sold to them. Earlier, MCH and Fire Services Department never insisted on these fire safety measures - C. Sekhar Reddy, Builders Forum president

Builders sold flats by violating rules, including deviations to the original plan and this is leading to several problems to residents, mostly middle-class families. So, it is the builder who should be held responsible. V. Gopal Rao, Senior Citizens Federation, Kukatpally Chapter

It is not proper to ask flat owners to bear the fire safety expenses. Were the Government officials sleeping when they gave permission to the builders? P. S. Bhagawanlu, Vidyanagar Citizens Council

Residents' have to follow the fire safety measures in the interest of their families though the MCH and Fire Services Department are liable for the entire episode. Hereafter, people should verify all the documents and then purchase flats - Rao V. Chelikani, Federation of Residents Welfare Association.

Flat owners are seeking more time for installing fire-fighting gadgets. Stern action will be taken against building owners if they do not comply with our notices. - K. Dhananjaya Reddy, MCH Additional Commissioner (Planning and Projects)

When builders utilise extra space meant for setbacks on all sides of the building and make money then it is unfair to impose the burden on residents - Alok Srivastava, Director General of Fire Services