Nearly 2,200 buildings are functioning without renewing the same

The frequent fire outbreaks reported from across the State as the summer temperature soars is unlikely to end any time soon if the finding of the nearly month-long State-wide inspection carried out by the Fire and Rescue Services is any indication.

As on February 15, there were found to be nearly 3,000 buildings operating in the State without a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Fire and Rescue Services, whereas nearly 2,200 buildings were functioning without renewing the NOC and with various shortcomings in violation of fire safety norms. This was revealed when over 6,000 buildings were inspected during the course of the drive.

Kollam district had 585 buildings operating without fire NOC, while Alappuzha and Kottayam emerged distant runners-up with 381 and 325 such buildings. Thiruvananthapuram had 267 buildings operating without fire NOC followed by Thrissur and Palakkad with 243 and 274 buildings respectively.

At 507, Thiruvananthapuram pipped the rest of the State when it comes to buildings operating without renewing the NOC and with various flaws. Kottayam district emerged second with 269 similar buildings followed by Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Kollam districts with 231, 227 and 212 buildings.

The Fire and Rescue Services wing has issued letters to the local bodies concerned drawing attention to the problematic buildings in nearly 3,500 cases, whereas letters were issued to the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) concerned in nearly 2,500 more serious cases.

The department reported 680 buildings to DDMA Thiruvananthapuram, while 305 buildings each were reported to Kollam and Ernakulam DDMAs respectively. While 774 buildings were reported to the local bodies concerned in Thiruvananthapuram, local bodies in Thirssur, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Alappuzha received reports on 446, 317, 305, and 269 buildings respectively.

Residential, educational, institutional, assembly (like auditoriums and cinema halls), business, mercantile, industrial, storage, and hazardous category buildings are being covered under the inspection.

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