TELANGANA GOVERNMENT TO INITIATE STRINGENT ACTION ON FIRE SAFETY VIOLATIONS
A high-level meeting was called by the Telangana government to initiate actionable steps against violators of fire safety protocols on Monday, 22nd January. The meeting was later postponed to Wednesday due to administrative issues. “At the meeting the issue will be discussed at length. Based on the orders the fire department will plan its course of action,” a senior official of the Telangana Disaster Response and Fire Services Department told newspersons.
The trigger was a series of fire related accidents causing loss of life and limb as well as property. Around 11 persons were killed in a fire accident at a scrap godown at Bholakpur in Musheerabad in March last year. A few months later in September another eight were suffocated to death when a fire broke out at Ruby Hotel and Lodge in Secunderabad in September. The latest incident happened at Minister’s Road in Secunderabad where efforts to trace the bodies of missing persons continued as on Monday. Charred remains of one person have been found while efforts are on to find two more persons who are also feared dead.
However, the officials had already started inspecting buildings, particularly lodges, hotels and other related accommodations prior to the Minister’s Road fire incident. Notices were issued wherever discrepancies were found.