Delhi Govt Notifies Fire Safety Rules For Buildings
The Delhi government on May 27 notified new fire safety measures in its building bye-laws which ban rooftop/ basement kitchens and temporary roofing over the roof/ terrace with use of inflammable materials. The new norms also call for installing of carbon monoxide detectors in buildings.
The notification also lays down that fire NOC (no-objection certificate) for guest houses would not be issued to those buildings which have more than four floors, excluding basement and stilt floor.
The Delhi government in February this year had approved amendments in building by-laws to make room for improved fire safety norms in the buildings. The notification inserts a new clause 7.31 in Chapter 7 of the Unified Building By-Laws for Delhi, 2018, under which various provisions have been made for fire safety.
It also provides for proper air ventilation for staircases and corridors in the buildings, besides banning storage of inflammable material on rooftop. It will be mandatory to install fire safety doors having resistance of not less than one hour at the entrance of each floor level where number of occupants in more than 10.
The Delhi Fire Services and municipal bodies will be responsible for the implementation of the amended fire safety provisions.
According to the amendments, the owners of guest houses will have to submit floor plans indicating the use of each floor while applying for fire NOC.
The notified amendment also stipulates that gas bank, if any, would be installed conforming to the standards prescribed in the National Building Code.
With inputs from Housing News