'1,800 High-Rise Buildings do Not Have NoC, Clearance'

Published: 17th June 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th June 2015 07:57 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: 'Beyond Carlton', an organisation formed by the bereaved relatives of Carlton tragedy victims, on Tuesday informed the High Court that around 1,800 high-rise buildings in the city have neither no-objection certificate nor clearance certificate, as per the official report of the state government.

In response to this, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice B V Nagarathna asked the counsel for BBMP as well as BESCOM to seek instructions.

Beyond Carlton had filed a public interest petition in the High Court seeking directions to the state government to inspect all highrises in the city to ensure fire safety norms are adhered to in the light of severe loss to life and property due to the fire mishap at Carlton Towers five years ago.

The counsel for the petitioner asked the court to direct the Fire and Emergency Services to submit its bi-annual report to the court with regard to the action initiated against violators of fire safety norms.

According to Beyond Carlton, Fire and Emergency Services inspected only 79 against 1,079 high-rises in the city, although a notification was issued to inspect all buildings in a nine-month period between July 2011 and April 2012.

Meanwhile, Fire and Emergency Services, in its report to the division bench, informed that it has inspected 2,132 high-rise buildings as against 10,095 identified in the city between March 9 and May 31, 2015, in compliance with the notification issued on July 7, 2011.

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