Amid rising fire accidents in Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced new guidelines for fire safety certification and renewal that will come into force on January 26.
The CM said that the government will create a new post of director of fire and to strengthen the fire services in the state, officers will be appointed in four zones. While fire NOC will be mandatory for all commercial complexes, high-rise buildings, school, college, hospitals and industrial units, the government will come up with a web portal where people can apply for online fire NOC to increase transparency.
Move to benefit engineers
Gujarat government has also decided to allow young engineers to pursue a career in the field of fire services in the state after undergoing specific training as a private fire officer. A panel of these private fire safety officers will be formed in cities and towns. The new system is likely to reduce the burden on the existing system and make the renewal of fire safety certificates easier and faster.
Notably, such fire safety officers will be appointed under the provisions enshrined under the Gujarat Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2013. The government will also simplify forms and the entire procedure to ensure that even a common man can easily apply and get a fire safety certificate. Interestingly, the fire safety certificate will be valid for a period of 3 years, whereas the renewal of the certificate will be valid for two years.
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Action for mistakes
The property developer will have to take permission for fire safety at the time of securing permission for construction. Meanwhile, the chief minister said it is an innovative approach adopted by the Gujarat government that will not only simplify the processes and bring in transparency, but will also help in generating employment. The government, however, has clarified that in case a mistake is found in the issuance of fire certificate, legal action will be taken against the fire safety officer who cleared the plan and the builder as well.
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