Delhi government issues “Fire Safety” guidelines to coaching institutes

New Delhi, May 27: In the aftermath of the Surat (Gujarat) fire tragedy,  the Delhi Government today issued an order to look after safety guidelines being complied by all  coaching centres across the city. 

As per an order  issued by the Delhi Government’s Department of Home, all coaching centres operating in  high-rise buildings (more than four floors without stilt floor) would be inspected by the Director (Fire Services) who  would take immediate action  by closing down  the coaching centres operating above fourth floors in  buildings that are found violating the fire safety norms.

Another order by the  Delhi Government’s Urban Development Department had affirmed that fire NOC (No Objection Certificate) for guest houses would not be issued to those buildings  having more than four floors( excluding stilt and basement).

“No kitchen would be allowed on rooftops or basements neither  any cooking activity would be allowed. Usage of any inflammable materials such as carpet, wooden paneling etc. would not be allowed in passageway and staircase. All such buildings would be required to be installed with carbon-monoxide detectors and alarm as per the Delhi Fire service’s standards”, the order read.

It is noteworthy that,  these safety directives comes amid less than a week, after a coaching institute  was gutted in massive fire killing around 22  people, mostly students, most of whom jumped and fell to their deaths while others died due to suffocation.

Last Thursday,  the Delhi Fire Department rescued 30 lives safely after a massive fire broke out on the fifth-floor of a building in Nehru Place, though no causalities were reported. 

Earlier, this year in February, 17 people were killed in a massive fire which broke out in Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh area in the national capital.

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