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Title: MCs told to submit fire safety report of schools
Post by: <--Jack--> on September 16, 2010, 08:39:32 PM
MCs told to submit fire safety report of schools
Amritsar, Jalandhar, Bathinda, Patiala and Ludhiana MCs to submit report in 15 days
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Following Supreme Court directions, the Punjab Local Bodies (LB) Department has directed all the five Municipal Corporations, including Amritsar, Jalandhar, Bathinda, Patiala and Ludhiana, to submit a fire safety report of schools in their respective cities within 15 days.

According to the directions, the fire department of the civic bodies has been asked to inspect schools in their cities on five-point agenda, prepare a report and submit it directly to Punjab Education Director and a copy to the LB department.

The points on basis of which schools are going to be inspected for fire fighting includes - firstly, whether before granting affiliation to the schools the state governments or union territories have ensured that the buildings were constructed according to the safety norms incorporated in the National Building Code (NBC) of India.

Secondly, all existing primary and private schools shall install fire extinguishers within a span of six months. Thirdly, whether the school buildings are kept free from inflammable and toxic material. If the storage is inevitable, they should be stored safely.

Fourthly, we direct that the concerned engineers and officials must strictly follow the NBC guidelines and safety certification be issued only after proper inspection. Dereliction in duty must attract immediate disciplinary action against the concerned officials. Lastly, whether training has been imparted to the staff and other officials of the school to use the fire extinguishers.

Interestingly, government schools are likely to fall short of the basic requirements of the the five-point test agenda as they are running at the mercy of political leaders. Senior officials from the fire department of these corporations said, ' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  ' ' ' ''    ''  '  "While the government schools don' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    '' t have infrastructure for students, how can you expect a fire extinguisher. Similarly, every city in Punjab has private schools in congested areas and it would be a major lacuna of the state that would be highlighted after the submission of the report.' '   '  '' '    '' ' '   '' ' ' ''    ''  ' ' '    ''' '   ''  '  ' '    ''