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Gujarat govt makes fire NOC mandatory for all factories

The move comes after a fire incident at a chemical unit near Pirana in Ahmedabad claimed about a dozen lives on November 4.

The home secretary said occurrence of various fire incidents in hospitals and nursing homes in recent past and non-adherence of fire safety measures by authorities in their respective jurisdiction is a matter of concern.

The Gujarat government has made it mandatory for all factories have to take a no-objection certificate from the fire department before applying for new licence or renewing existing ones. The move comes after a fire incident at a chemical unit near Pirana in Ahmedabad claimed about a dozen lives on November 4.

A committee formed by the state government after the accident at Pirana inspected 1,564 chemical units dealing in hazardous substances and concluded not to allow any hazardous chemical units or any other factory from obtaining a licence under the Factory Act, 1948, without a “Fire NOC”.

The committee comprised of Vipul Mitra, additional chief secretary (ACS), labour and employment department, Mukesh Puri, ACS, Urban Development department and Sanjiv Kumar, chairman of Gujarat Pollution Comtrol Board.

On Thursday, the labour and employment department issued a resolution stating, “Factories will now be required to take NOCs from the fire department under the Gujarat Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2013 before applying for factory licence under the Factory Act, 1948. Existing factories without fire NOC will also be required to take Fire NOC from competent authority and inform their respective districts and Ahmedabad DISH (Director Industrial Safety and Health) office.”

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Start mock fire drills, AHNA tells members

Ahmedabad: After another fire incident was reported at a Covid-19- designated private hospital in the state, the Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA) has issued a fire safety check list and asked its members to comply with the norms in case they fall short of not meeting the fire safety requirements.

In a letter issued to its members Friday, the private hospital association has stated, ‘A spate of fire incidents in health care facilities has led to the arrest of hospital owners following loss of lives. For various reasons, incidents of fire in healthcare facilities have been on a rise. We still have not forgotten the unfortunate incident of fire at Shrey Hospital in Ahmedabad, which led to loss of lives. Similar incidents of fire have been reported from the government run hospital in Jamnagar and Vadodara. AHNA has decided to take all necessary measures so that none of the members face such tragedies due to fire.”

Asking its members to ‘start doing mock fire drills, so that they are prepared, the association has also asked its members to not employ any agents to get the fire safety certificates or approvals.

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AHNA president Dr Bharat Gadhavi said, “The letter issued after the Rajkot fire incident is to once again remind our members about the fire safety norms and be double sure. We have also completed fire training of the staff and made it simple so that everyone can understand.” ENS

First published on: 27-11-2020 at 11:08:23 pm
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