Govt. threatens to stop power, water supply to high-rises flouting safety norms

September 03, 2015 03:33 pm | Updated March 28, 2016 03:11 pm IST - BENGALURU

High-rise buildings on Sarjapur main road.

High-rise buildings on Sarjapur main road.

The State government has threatened to stop electricity and water supply to high-rise buildings including malls, multiplexes and apartments that are non-compliant with safety norms.

Home Minister K.J. George, who reviewed the fire audit of high-rise buildings across cities in the State with the Director-General of Police M.N. Reddy on Thursday, told presspersons that Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerages Board (BWSSB) would be asked to disconnect electricity and water supplies to high-rise buildings located in the State Capital.

In other cities, the respective electricity supply companies and Karnataka Water Supply and Sewerage Board would be asked to stop power and water supplies to buildings that are flouting safety rules.

The Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services has been conducting one-time safety audit of all high-rise buildings located in cities. Developers of several malls, apartments, auditoriums and commercial complexes have obtained non-objection certificates from the department but later failed to install fire safety norms, Mr. George said.

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