After receiving a complaint of non-functional fire-fighting system of a residential tower in Ajnara Integrity, a high-rise in Raj Nagar Extension, the AOA of the residential condominium has written to the fire department of Ghaziabad.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Fire Officer, Ghaziabad, Sunil Kumar Singh; the AOA has requested the department to inspect the society premises and instruct Lotus Maintenance Services Pvt Ltd, maintenance agency of Ajnara India Limited, the developer of the society, to do the needful, as per the norms of National Building Code, 2005.
“We wrote the letter after residents of E tower complained that the fire system of their tower is non-functional. The complaint came to us twenty days back and we raised it to the maintenance management but when we did not receive a satisfactory answer, we had to raise matter to the fire authority,” said Nitin Tyagi, president of the AOA board.
Besides, the AOA has listed several critical lapses in the fire-fighting system installed at the society. The AOA has alleged the following issues:
·Fake filling of the fire extinguishers to complete the paper formalities. These extinguishers have failed to take care of the fire during the surprise check by residents.
·Many fire extinguishers are in non-working condition.
·Water is inaccessible in many fire hydrants and water sprinklers.
·In some towers fire detection system is not working. There is no fire alarm system and no proper fire extinguisher in the generator room and electricity panel room.
·In a direct violation to National Building Code, the fire control room in the society remains non-functional. As per the code, a well-equipped fire control room manned with trained guards is mandatory. Also a experienced fire officer has not been appointed.
·Proper fire drill has not taken place so far.
“The builder is putting the life of over 5000 residents living in the society at risk by not installing and maintaining required mandatory fire-fighting equipment in a dense high-rise as per the norms of National Building Code 2005. If any mishap occurs, who is going to be held responsible for that?” remarks Tyagi.
City Spidey reached out to the maintenance agency of the society, but they refused to comment on the matter.