The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) has not yet issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) for the World Culture Festival, a three-day event organised by the Art of Living Foundation, but has suggested some measures to the organisers to avoid any untoward incident, said sources.
A K Sharma, director of the Delhi Fire Service, told The Indian Express: “Since it is a temporary structure, we have suggested some measures to the organisers of the event.”
“Issuing a NOC isn’t a fool-proof assurance that no incident will take place during the incident. But the measures need to be taken to avoid any such incident,” said Sharma.
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“In this case, we have not issued the NOC as of now. The measures have been suggested to them,” added Sharma.
The DFS has urged the organiser to use fire retardant paints on the structures at the venue, said sources. It has also asked the organisers to ensure space for the safe passage of vehicles in and around the site so, in case of an emergency, evacuation processes can be conducted faster. Other ‘suggested’ measures include setting up safe exit points around the venue, deploying requisite number of fire engines on at least four points and putting up exit signs.
Sources said DFS officials visited the site Tuesday and inspected security measures being taken by the organisers.