Thane: The fire brigade department of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) have sealed 15 private hospital in Thane on Tuesday. The fire department said that the action was followed by a high court order that all private hospitals and nursing homes in Thane that do not have approval from the fire department should be sealed. The fire department said that they had issued the first on July 2018 directing the hospitals to follow the fire safety norms.
Shashikant Kale, chief fire officer of TMC said,”We along with health department, town planning department and encroachment department have inspected 15 private hospitals on May 1. After inspection, on May 3, we had issued notices to the 15 hospitals that have not comply with the fire norms, following which, we sealed these hospital on Tuesday”.
The fire department said, among the 15 sealed hospitals, 5 are from Wagale Estate area, 3 from Balkumb area, 3 from Noupada area, 4 from Kalwa and Mumbra areas. A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Nitin Jamdar directed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to ‘forthwith’ crack down on in-patient medical faclities that did not have a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department. The law says that the fire department can close down establishments that fail to obtain clearances and violate fire safety norms. The bench referred to the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act that requires establishments to obtain the fire NOC.