Close on the heels of a vigilance department report indicting the fire chief of unnecessarily delaying No Objection Certificate for construction projects, the BMC has said that the issuing of the certificates will hereafter be decentralised. The Chief Fire Officer of Mumbai is in charge of issuing the fire department’s NOC- one of the several mandatory NOCs required before allowing a developer to carry out construction. This is granted after the CFO is satisfied that building plans have the necessary open spaces and fire precautions in place. Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak announced that while the CFO will keep charge of issuing NOCs in the island city, the deputy fire officers will issue the NOCs for eastern and western suburbs. Following complaints by developers, the BMC’s vigilance department had recently placed Fire Chief P D Karguppikar under the scanner for corruption charges. The vigilance report found that 221 of the 502 NOC applications made in the first three months of the year are still awaiting a NOC from the fire chief even as rules stipulate that a proposal has to be either approved or rejected within eight days. With cameraperson Roshan Hate, Hansraj Kanaujia for NMTV News.
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