'Setback Areas Are Now Becoming Utility Spaces'

Published: 24th September 2015 04:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2015 04:41 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Although open spaces are given importance while constructing high-rise buildings, slowly that space is converted into utility area or given out for parking. This has be to curbed in the bi-annual inspection by Fire Safety Authorities, said former director of Fire and Emergency Services, BG Chengappa.

He was speaking at a fire safey workshop organised by Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday.

H S Revanna, Deputy Inspector General, State Fire and Emergency Services requested  building owners to leave 6 to 8 metres of behind the buildings for ambulance and fire vehicles.

“After the Carlton Tower tragedy, High Court directed the Fire Department to check high-rise buildings once every two years and then renew their licences,” he said and added that to make the rule success there should be a combined effort from all.

Revanna lauded the efforts of the government in setting up fire stations in all taluks.

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