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Otherwise, they should not be allowed to be used: CMDA

CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority on Monday submitted before the Madras High Court that all multi-storey buildings should compulsorily have fire safety measures in their commercial establishments as contemplated under the rules, and without them, the buildings should not be allowed to be used.

In his affidavit before the First Bench of Chief Justice A.K. Ganguly and Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla, CMDA Member-Secretary Vikram Kapur suggested that the Director of Fire and Rescue Services inspect all multi-storey buildings periodically.

The affidavit is in response to a public interest litigation petition, seeking a direction to the authorities to enquire into the cause of the fire at Saravana Stores and punish the delinquents.

Interim orders

Passing interim orders on the petition, the court had earlier directed the CMDA to file its affidavit, suggesting ways and means of taking preventive measures.

The affidavit, filed by CMDA counsel C. Kathiravan, said that whenever fire safety measures were not provided, fire service authorities should report to the TNEB, the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board and the Chennai Corporation for disconnection of electricity supply, cancellation of trade licence and sealing of the premises. Each commercial establishment should have a separate entry and exit through an emergency staircase.

Encroachments

Encroachments, in the form of hawkers, hoardings, banners and name-boards or any other unauthorised projection on the road, should be removed to facilitate free movement of fire service vehicles. Workers should not be allowed to stay beyond working hours on commercial premises, the affidavit said.

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