Rajasthan HC seeks report on fire safety steps in high-rises

Rajasthan HC seeks report on fire safety steps in high-risesJAIPUR

: Rajasthan High Court on Thursday sought report on fire-fighting preparedness of the local bodies particularly in the high-rise buildings across the state and made the

UDH department

a party to the petition.

The division bench Justice M Rafiq and Goverdhan Bardhar issued the order on a PIL by lawyer Kunal Rawat seeking policy and rules to strengthen the fire-safety measures.

The petition was filed in January 12 last year following fire incident at a house in Vidhyadhar Nagar which claimed lives of five members of the family.

The petition said according to the rules there should be a fire station for every 40,000 population in cities.

Accordingly, Jaipur city should have at least 50 fire stations but at present there are only 11 stations, which are grossly inadequate. Besides, these fire stations are ill-equipped, and firemen are untrained.

The petitioner pointed out that according to the building laws, “the maximum permissible height of multi-storey building in Jaipur is 65 metres but the maximum height of a ladder available with the fire-fighting department in Jaipur is 44 metres. If some fire breaks out at a high-rise, JMC has no means to fight it”.

The petitioner further said a number of posts in fire department are lying vacant and employees are mostly hired on contract basis. They do not possess the necessary equipment and training to react in an emergency as was evident in the fire tragedy in Vidhyadhar Nagar.

The fire brigade could neither reach the site on time nor appliances like ladders and water pumps were not in working condition.

The petitioner said there were 51 townships in the state where no fire-fighting facilities were available, and life and property of the citizens was at great risk at these places.

Court notice on RAS 2016 selection:

High court issued notice to the state government, RPSC over the selection of departmental candidates who had not completed the requisite experience of five years for RAS recruitment 2016.

The single bench issued the order on a petition by Puran Singh Shekhawat. The ministerial employees of the excise department were percentage of seats in RAS under departmental candidates. But they were eligible only after five years of service. But the RPSC did not follow this condition, said petitioner’s counsel Tanveer Ahmed.

Notice on merger of banks:

High court issued notice to the Centre, RBI Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijay Bank on the proposal of the ministerial committee proposal for the merger the three banks.

The single bench of Justice Indrajeet Singh issued notice on a petition by All India Bank Officers Association (Rajasthan) and Dena Bank officers Union (Rajasthan), said counsel for the petitioner Pradeep Chaudhary.

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