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HC asks Municipal Corporation to seal hospitals not having fire dept’s NOC

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HC asks Municipal Corporation to seal hospitals not having fire dept’s NOC

The plea claimed a survey by the Thane Fire Department earlier this year revealed that more than 50 per cent of private hospitals and nursing homes in Thane were ill-equipped to deal with fire incidents.

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has recently directed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in Maharashtra to seal all private hospitals and nursing homes that were operating without a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department.

A bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N M Jamdar said if the several notices served by the TMC and the Fire Department to hospitals, asking them to follow fire safety norms, did not work, it was better to shut down such healthcare facilities

The bench was hearing public interest litigation filed by RTI activist Sapan Shrivastav.

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The plea claimed a survey by the Thane Fire Department earlier this year revealed that more than 50 per cent of private hospitals and nursing homes in Thane were ill-equipped to deal with fire incidents.

An affidavit filed by TMC’s counsel Arvind Aswani stated that although the civic body’s health department renewed the registration of over 380 hospitals last year, only 181 hospitals were issued a NOC from the Fire Department.

Currently, applications seeking NOCs had been filed by around 129 nursing homes and hospitals, while the remaining 70 did not have it and continued to operate in violation of the fire safety norms, the affidavit read.

Following the fire at ESIC hospital in Mumbai in December last year in which 11 people were killed, the Thane fire brigade had initiated a safety audit at all private hospitals in the city.

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The Fire Department was supposed to make a list of hospitals in its jurisdiction and inspect them.

The court said that since the TMC already had records of all hospitals and nursing homes violating the fire safety norms, it must initiate action.

“You have the records. Go ahead and seal such hospitals that don’t have a NOC,” it said.


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Source: PTI
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    Dr Anuranjan Gupta April 21, 2019, 9:44 pm

    Why only the hospitals all establishment like lawyers chambers, courts , govt buildings, CMO office, Municipal corporation, Nagar Nigam all shops especially dealing with clothes, books , etc Must be made safe by NOC from Fire Department. Because no one knows where such ghastly incidents can happen. Don\’t the judiciary think that their premises should be made safe for themselves first. Let\’s them pass this order that all courts be shut down if they don\’t have NOC.

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    UMESH CHANDRA GUPTA April 20, 2019, 11:11 am

    This is corporatisation era- behave like them to survive in all aspects. Have all the noc like industries.

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    UMESH CHANDRA GUPTA April 20, 2019, 11:09 am

    This is corporatisation era – behave like them in all matters- only way to survive.


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