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Govt didn’t make fire audit mandatory

DNMUM404340 | 12/31/2017 | Author : Sanjay Jog | WC :483 | Mumbai

No action taken on 2014 amendment to Fire Act of 2006
Mumbai: Despite the vehement debates on fire audits in light of the recent fire tragedies, it turns out that they are not mandatory in Mumbai or the rest of the state. The Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006 does not have provision for mandatory fire audits; inspections have to be carried out with prior notice to the occupier. And even though the state Urban Development Department had moved an amendment in 2014, it has not yet, three years later, been tabled in the state legislature.
Former city chief fire officer Pratap Karguppikar told DNA, “As of date, there is no mention of a compulsory fire audit in the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006, and it is not binding on
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