Fire Safety Norms Back For Buildings Over 15m In Height, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

August 26, 2023

NAGPUR: The government has reintroduced fire safety norms for buildings over 15m high. The amended Maharashtra Fire Prevention & Life Safety Measures (MFPLSM) Act, 2006, overrules the unified Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR) in place since December 2020.

Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) fire and emergency services department has approached builders and developers of 100 buildings under construction, which are slated to rise above 15m, to install fire safety infrastructure.

While introducing unified DCPR, implemented in all municipal corporations excluding Mumbai, the government had increased to 24m, instead of the existing 15m, height of buildings requiring fire no objection certificate (NOC) and mandatory installation of fire safety apparatus. However, the amendments to MFPLSM Act in May this year, made firefighting arrangements must for buildings 15m high and above.

NMC’s officiating chief fire officer BP Chandankhede said, “Under the modified Act, fire department permission may be granted to all buildings above 15m up to 24m in height if they meet the minimum requirement of fire prevention and life protection measures specified in Schedule-I.”

While relaxing the norms for highrise buildings up to 24m, the government had only kept the fire department’s NOC for lifts.

Since implementation of UDCPR, fire NOCs were issuded to approximately 100 buildings under construction. Now, the department has asked all developers and builders to ensure firefighting arrangements.

The city has 7,009 buildings above 15m, and of these only 903 have complied with the firefighting measures, while 1,414 buildings came up without fire NOC, said Chandankhede.

  • Published On Aug 26, 2023 at 02:00 PM IST

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