Mumbai : The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) here on Thursday said it will ensure that fire safety audits of all multi-storey buildings are completed in a month, in the wake of the death of a fireman during a recent fire in a suburban high-rise . “We lost a young firemen in the fire mishap that took place in Mumbai last week. To ensure that such an incident is not repeated in future, I have directed the administration to ensure that safety audit of residential, commercial and state administrative buildings is completed within a month’s time,” Mumbai Mayor Sunil Prabhu said here.

An independent fire audit cell will be created for the purpose and strict action will be initiated against those who fail to comply with the safety norms put in place by the civic administration, he said.

Fire-fighter Nitin Ivalekar lost his life and 20 of his colleagues were injured while trying to douse the blaze that broke out in Lotus Business Park, a 22-storey building in Andheri.

The firemen were tra-pped on the roof of the building and had to be evacuated with the help of Navy and Coast Guard helicopters.

In wake of this incident, it has now become imperative for the MCGM to take precautions and conduct safety checks periodically to ensure innocent lives are not lost in fire mis-haps, Prabhu added.               – PTI

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