NOC issued to Sangrur institutes sans fire safety measures; DC orders probe - ECAS Punjab

NOC issued to Sangrur institutes sans fire safety measures; DC orders probe

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Sangrur, November 13

The issuance of “temporary” no objection certificates (NOCs) by Sangrur Local Government Department officials to shopkeepers, IELTS and other educational institutes without fulfilling the mandatory fire safety measures has raised an eyebrow.

Deputy Commissioner Ramvir has ordered a high-level inquiry to ascertain the role of the officials and an audit of implementation of fire safety norms in all institutes.

Many IELTS, PTE and coaching institutes have come up in various parts of the city, including bus stand road, DC office road, Sunami Gate, near Guru Nanak Colony, outside Nabha Gate. As per the norms, they have to adopt required measures to prevent fire. But many institutes do not have exit points, while staircases of some are narrow. Besides, fire department officials have failed to ensure requisite equipment on such premises to control fire.

Some shopkeepers alleged while officers posted at the Fire Station, Sangrur, were blind to violations in big institutes, they were harassing small traders. “Officers are issuing notices to us, but are not taking action against big institutes,” said a shopkeeper.

“Fire officers have taken affidavit from institute owners that institutes will complete all mandatory formalities. How can they allow institutes to run without meeting safety requirements? We have written to the CM seeking action,” said Avtar Ealwal, an AAP leader. — TNS

from The Tribune

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