Insidious,incediary: On the negligence of fire safety in india

Insidious,incediary: On the negligence of fire safety in india


India’s policymakers must address the threat of building firesThe devastating fires, at a gaming centre in Rajkot, Gujarat and a newborn nursing clinic in Delhiwithin 24 hours of each other, which left over 30 dead, is another grim reminder of one of India’s insidious threats: the pervasive nature of the negligence of the fire safety of buildings by a whole range of stakeholders — from builders and proprietors to regulatory authorities. While the Bureau of Indian Standards has set detailed fire safety protocols in its National Building Code of India (NBC) 2016, it is a recommendatory document, as fire services is a State subject, and enforced at the municipality level. the sheer disregard for india’s fire safety norms is apparent from the opening lines in the about fire services Background page of the director general ,fire servises website under the ministry of home affairs .it reeds,the fire services are not well organized in india ,adding ,in recent years the requirements for fire safety cover have increased manifold whereas the development of fire services has not made much headway .

Insidious,incediary: On the negligence of fire safety in india


The National Disaster Management Authority had recommended to the 13th Finance Commission, an
allocation of ₹7,000 crore to revamp India’s fire and emergency services. But the Commission sought
an allocation of almost ₹90,000 crore at the municipality level, recognising the need for a tailor-made
revamping and restructuring of fire and emergency preparedness. A 2019 Home Ministry response to
the Rajya Sabha noted that India had only 3,377 fire stations, when a 2012 national report on fire
hazards and risk analysis sought more than double that number. The staff shortage is even more
appalling. The entire country had only about 55,000 fire servicemen in 2019, when the requirement
was about 5,60,000 seven years earlier. The Centre belatedly set aside 5000 crore rupees last july asking states to cough up another 14000 rs crore to modernise emergency services this followuildings the 15th finance commission’s advice to set aside 12.5% of all allocations towards the national /state disaster responce funds .with rising heatwaves and extreme weather events nationnwide , it is clear that a synchronisation of the 2016 NBC and the energy conservation Building code is required to attempt a holistic approach to address fires ,as standars for construction material ,electrial wiring ,airconditioning,and a whole range of cooling materials have to be revamped . more important,india’s polity,bureaucracy, policymakers and enterpreneurs must urgently address this insidious threat.

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  1. राजकोट और दिल्ली में हाल ही में हुई विनाशकारी आग में 30 से अधिक लोगों की मृत्यु हुई।
  2. ये घटनाएँ भारत में अग्नि सुरक्षा के प्रति व्यापक लापरवाही को उजागर करती हैं।
  3. बिल्डर, प्रोपराइटर और नियामक प्राधिकरण सहित विभिन्न हितधारक दोषी हैं।
  4. नेशनल बिल्डिंग कोड ऑफ़ इंडिया (एनबीसी) 2016 में विस्तृत अग्नि सुरक्षा प्रोटोकॉल शामिल हैं।
  5. एनबीसी अनुशंसात्मक है क्योंकि अग्निशमन सेवाओं का प्रबंधन राज्य और नगरपालिका स्तर पर किया जाता है।
  6. महानिदेशक, अग्निशमन सेवा की वेबसाइट के अनुसार, भारत की अग्निशमन सेवाएँ खराब तरीके से संगठित हैं।
  7. राष्ट्रीय आपदा प्रबंधन प्राधिकरण ने अग्नि और आपातकालीन सेवाओं के पुनरुद्धार के लिए ₹7,000 करोड़ की सिफारिश की।
  8. 13वें वित्त आयोग ने नगरपालिका स्तर पर सुधारों के लिए लगभग ₹90,000 करोड़ का प्रस्ताव दिया.

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