Are the safety norms being violated in Nagpur?
Reply to an application filed under the RTI Act by the fire department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has revealed that a 21.8 metre tall building is being used as mercantile-cum-hospital which is against the National Building Code. As per the said code, any building taller than 15 metres is required to keep marginal spaces for movement of fire tenders. It has been reported that the external staircase's width of this building is less than the NBC norms of minimum 1.2 metres. The building also lacks provision for the first aid hose reel on each floor and appropriate places.
Many high rise buildings in different parts of the country violate the national building code but continue to be in existence. It is not known how the NOC is issued by the fire department in such cases.