Of total 10,164 buildings that are required to obtain fire NOC after due inspection by the Ahmedabad Fire & Emergency Services, there are 7,428 buildings which have got valid fire NOC on September 8.
The high court has been directing the civic body to ensure that all such buildings should have fire NOC, particularly after a fire tragedy that killed eight Covid-19 patients in Shrey Hospital on August 6, 2020. The petitioner-advocate Amit Panchal filed a PIL and sought directions to the authorities for proper implementation of the fire safety norms.
At the time of Shrey Hospital fire accident, there were many hospitals and clinics which did not have valid fire NOC. Later, fire accident in Rajkot’s Uday Shivanand Hospital killed five more Covid-19 patients.
The high court issued strict orders to ensure fire safety provisions in hospitals. After the second wave of Covid-19, the state government adopted a soft approach and decided not to take any coercive action against defaulters of fire safety norms and BU permission at least till March 31, 2022 citing the pandemic.
However, after the Supreme Court held the decision contrary to provisions of law, the government came out with a new notification saying that the fire safety norms would be strictly enforced.
According to AMC data, the residential buildings have emerged as bigger defaulters on this count with more than 40% residential buildings – 1,453 out of 3,106 — not having the fire NOC.
The high court is scheduled to hear the issue on September 17.