Almost 60 per cent of government hospitals in Delhi do not have a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Delhi Fire Services (DFS), a fire safety audit ordered in the wake of the Bhubaneswar hospital blaze has found. At least 25 people had died in the fire at Odisha’s SUM Hospital on October 17.
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According to data compiled by various Delhi government departments after the audit, 20 of 34 hospitals either have an expired NOC or are awaiting a new one.
Several Delhi government hospitals have NOCs that expired between June and October 2015. Several hospitals that applied to renew the NOCs could not clear the fire inspection, and were asked to make necessary arrangements and get back to the fire department.
Chief Fire Officer G C Mishra said the department cannot issue an NOC till the hospital meets all prescribed standards.
“In LNJP hospital, for example, there is a serious problem: the systems are not working. I cannot give them NOC. In other hospitals, when we go for inspection, either a component is missing or not working. Even if the system is in place but not fully functional, we cannot give NOC. Fire safety equipment sometimes gets stolen by outsiders,” said Mishra.
Mishra said that Health Minister Satyendar Jain held a review meeting on October 21 and gave the hospitals 20 days to fix the problem.
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