The Mumbai fire brigade has opened phone lines for complaints of all sorts of violations in commercial and residential places and has promised to conduct investigation within 24 hours. The next time you visit a mall or a multiplex and find that there aren’t sufficient fire exits or exits which are locked, you do not need to scratch your head wondering where you can lodge a complaint. Simply dial 101, the fire emergency number, inform the fire brigade of the violation and a fire officer will visit the concerned building within 24 hours for an inspection. As the name suggests, the fire emergency line 101 was so far only reserved for emergency situations, such as when a structure caught fire. However, the Mumbai fire brigade has now opened it to calls from people wanting to inform them of the slightest fire safety violation or hazardous structures they see around them, from their own housing society to public places. After the complaint is registered, inspection would be conducted and the officer would file a report and the owner of the concerned building would be given a notice, asking to make amends within a period of two weeks. If the owner fails to do so, due action would be taken – licenses of commercial units would be cancelled and owners of residential structures would be fined. If indeed the Mumbai fire brigade takes action on what it states then very soon the number of malls in the city would come down as most of them are violating fire safety norms. Ajaz Khan – NMTV News.
October 31, 2017