Fire Safety Crisis: Over 90% Hospitals in Pimpri-Chinchwad Flout Regulations, Posing Serious Risks

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In a shocking revelation, it has come to light that more than 90% of hospitals in Pimpri-Chinchwad are currently operating without adhering to crucial fire safety regulations. This blatant disregard for safety protocols puts the well-being of patients, staff, and visitors at serious risk.

Among the 617 private hospitals and 1456 clinics registered under the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), a staggering 555 private hospitals and 1310 private clinics are functioning without having submitted the necessary Form B and Fire NOC. These documents are essential for ensuring compliance with fire safety standards.

Manoj Lonkar, Deputy Commissioner of PCMC, has taken a firm stance, emphasizing that the renewal of hospital documents will be withheld until they fully comply with mandated fire safety regulations. The PCMC’s fire department has intervened, urging the health department to withhold license renewals for hospitals and private clinics that fail to furnish Fire NOCs and ensure compliance with fire safety measures.

The Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Protection Measures Act of 2006 mandates all buildings in the state to have firefighting equipment and preventive measures. Section 3(3) of the act specifically requires building owners to obtain Fire NOCs, certifying the functionality of firefighting systems within their premises, thus ensuring public safety.

Dr. Shivaji Dange, Senior Medical Officer at PCMC, has highlighted the critical importance of hospitals conducting regular fire audits and obtaining Fire NOCs. The oversight in fire safety measures within healthcare facilities is a matter of grave concern, and corrective actions are imperative to prevent potential disasters.

This alarming revelation underscores the urgent need for stringent enforcement of fire safety regulations in Pimpri-Chinchwad’s healthcare establishments. The safety and well-being of all individuals within these facilities should be the top priority, necessitating immediate corrective measures and a comprehensive review of fire safety protocols.

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