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May 28, 2019 06:45 pm | Updated 06:46 pm IST - TIRUNELVELI

Following recent fire tragedy in a coaching centre at Surat that killed 16 students, the Department of Fire and Rescue Services has decided to conduct safety audit in coaching centres.

Deputy Director of Fire and Rescue Services, Southern Region, P. Saravanakumar chaired a meeting of Fire Officers of Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanniyakumari districts here on Monday.

A team led by District Fire Officer should inspect all coaching centres in these three districts. The team will scrutinise the fire fighting equipment fixed in the building, water availability, pumping systems, entry / exit points for evacuation of students within the shortest possible time in case of any emergency, accessibility by fire-tenders in case of any mishap and parking facility. It will also inspect if the space was sufficient for accommodating all students, parking area and other allied facilities.

Collector Shilpa Prabhakar Satish has instructed tahsildars to organise safety audits in all coaching / skill training centres across the district with a set of comprehensive ‘mandatory safety norms’ prepared for this purpose.

“The team will compare the facilities available there with the list of ‘mandatory safety norms’ to ascertain if safety measures installed in coaching centres have conformed to our stipulations. If not, corrective measures should be taken within the shortest possible time. Else, no permission will be given to conduct the coaching centre,” she said.

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