Pimpri Chinchwad, 31st January 2024: In a significant move to enhance fire safety regulations, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Fire Department has issued notices to 426 establishments encompassing educational institutions, petrol pumps, shops, godowns, commercial establishments, garages, industrial and medical facilities, bakeries, hotels, multiplexes, workshops, and small factories. PCMC Commissioner and Administrator Shekhar Singh announced this proactive step aimed at ensuring the safety of residents and businesses within the city.
The fire safety infrastructure survey, conducted by women in self-help groups authorized by the Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM), Pune, has been pivotal in identifying potential hazards. Out of approximately 43 thousand properties surveyed, 2 thousand 423 have been classified as hazardous. The ongoing survey continues to evaluate the fire safety infrastructure of the remaining properties.
Commissioner Shekhar Singh emphasized the survey’s significance in promptly addressing and rectifying any deficiencies in fire safety infrastructure. The primary objective is to enforce compliance and take corrective actions against violators.
PCMC Additional Commissioner Pradeep Jambhale Patil highlighted the necessity of surveying fire safety measures in both residential and commercial establishments to prevent fire incidents. He urged cooperation from businesses and citizens in adhering to safety regulations.
Establishment owners and traders are urged to cooperate fully with the survey of fire prevention systems. Violations of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, particularly concerning the storage of flammable materials beyond capacity, are being addressed. PCMC Deputy Commissioner Manoj Lonkar informed that action is being taken against establishment owners who have not complied with fire prevention systems, with notices issued to several.
Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006, mandates necessary fire prevention measures in buildings. Section 3 (1) of the Act necessitates compliance, and owners or occupiers must submit a certificate to the Municipal Fire Office from a licensed agency as per Section 3 (3). The responsibility for adherence lies with the building owner or occupier.
Owners and occupiers of commercial and mixed buildings in the PCMC sector are required to follow specific rules for fire safety, including not residing in business premises and adhering to approved maps and licenses. Strict action will be taken against those failing to implement necessary precautions to prevent loss of life and property. The PCMC urges cooperation from all stakeholders in making the city safer through these essential fire safety measures.