The survey that was taken to identify all such buildings that did not have reliable fire safety mechanism has completed and now relevant authorities are prepping up to launch a crackdown against such buildings.
According to our news source, the owners of CNG stations, petroleum agencies, factories, and high-rise buildings were served notices to ensure that they installed proper fire safety measures according to the instructions of Rawalpindi Home Department. These arrangements included instructions of providing multiple emergency exits in case of fire broke out and the installation of fire extinguishers so that any catastrophic accident can be avoided and lives are made more secure.
Property owners who did not pay heed to the instructions shared in the red notices and failed to follow it the will now have to face legal action. The Home Secretary has called a meeting on the 16th April with the objective of briefing the Civil Defense Department further on the resultant course of action. The Home Department will share its agenda for carrying out the crackdown against such facilities.
Highlighting the survey findings, it was revealed that District Rawalpindi which is home to over 500 high-rise buildings, has many buildings missing even the very basic fire safety measures and hence are prone to disasters. About a 50 of such properties are located in Rawalpindi City where 19 are in Gojar Khan, 4 in Taxila and 9 in Kahuta. Other constructions including petrol pumps, shopping malls, factories, and LPG and petroleum agencies also lack arrangements to deal with fire breakouts. 80% of these are termed as extremely vulnerable. A Rawalpindi District Civil Defense officer quoted that 70 of these buildings have been sealed and the remaining have been imposed with heavy fines, to begin with.
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