GUWAHATI, March 2 � The Kamrup (Metro) district administration is going to act tough on owners and occupants of buildings who have violated fire safety norms even after repeated intimation from regulators.
The district administration and other agencies will take decisive action against people who have by design or default undermined fire safety regulations in their buildings. The authorities will be particularly looking at building structures which have high occupancy and have little or no emergency fire access.
The State Fire Service Organisation has been inspecting various offices, institutions, schools and colleges, and making observations. The effort has shown serious flaws about fire safety and evacuation, which have been recorded and sent to the relevant authorities.
According to an official report, 596 apartments, 74 educational institutions, 77 government offices have not adhered to the fire safety rules duly stipulated by the Fire Service Organisation.
Significantly it has been found out that 48 industrial organisations have not adhered to fire safety norms. What is worrying for residents of Guwahati, six petrol pumps and gas agencies have not met with the guidelines set by the Fire Service Organisation. Many of the structures do not have firefighting equipment, and evacuation routes.
The State Fire Service Organisation is continuing its efforts to inspect various offices and business establishments, and likely to send names of more violators to the Kamrup (Metro) administration.