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2,80,000 hazardous premises in AP

web-post May 27, 2014

The Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department has identified more than 2.80 lakh hazardous premises in both Telangana and Seemandhra regions of the State – 1.01 lakh of them happen to be schools and colleges. Inspections carried out between April 2007 and March 2014 show that only 1.09 per cent of such premises had obtained no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the Fire Department. However, department officials, said the figure does not include data of buildings that sought NOCs from municipal authorities. Only structures that have more than five floors, those below 15 metres, for commercial spaces, and 18 metres, for residential spaces, have to obtain NOCs from the Fire Department. As per the statistics, 1,01,522 schools and colleges were found lacking fire-safety norms, while the second-largest category was of business offices (78,258) in both regions. Also, 30,039 and 26,086 small-scale industries and wholesale shops respectively were also declared hazardous among all categories of buildings identified by inspecting officials.27

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