West Bengal to formulate new fire safety policy after Bagree Market incident; no trade licenses in case of violation of rules

West Bengal government is formulating it and the final decision will be taken once chief minister returns from her foreign tour, said a minister.

Press Trust of India September 18, 2018 16:27:46 IST
West Bengal to formulate new fire safety policy after Bagree Market incident; no trade licenses in case of violation of rules

Kolkata: The West Bengal government is planning to formulate a new policy on fire safety for commercial buildings in the city in the wake of the massive fire that gutted Bagree Market in Kolkata.

West Bengal to formulate new fire safety policy after Bagree Market incident no trade licenses in case of violation of rules

File image of Bagri Market fire in Kolkata. ANI

Commercial buildings would not be granted trade licenses if they fail to follow fire safety rules, a senior minister, who did not wish to be identified, said. "We are planning to come up with a policy soon. We are formulating it and the final decision will be taken once the chief minister returns from her foreign tour," he told PTI on Monday.

"There are several commercial buildings in the city and we must have better fire safety measures for them," he said. Trade licenses would not be granted if such buildings fail to follow the fire safety norms specified by the government, the minister said.

Many commercial buildings are quite old and there are no proper fire safety measures. They are functioning with the same infrastructure for all these years, without paying heed to the advise of the fire department and the city municipal corporation, he said.

They take money from the business enterprises who have shops in those buildings, the minister said. As per the proposed policy, all commercial buildings should have separate water reservoirs for emergency purposes only, he said.

The massive fire at Bagree Market on Sunday gutted at least 1,000 business establishments inside the G+5 building.

Updated Date:

also read

West Bengal Class 12 result to be declared on 22 July at wbresults.nic.in; all you need to know
India

West Bengal Class 12 result to be declared on 22 July at wbresults.nic.in; all you need to know

The results will be available on official websites from 4 pm on 22 July. Students can also get their results through SMS or Mobile App from 4 pm

Three suspected Bangladeshi terrorists with JMB, Al-Qaeda links arrested in Kolkata
India

Three suspected Bangladeshi terrorists with JMB, Al-Qaeda links arrested in Kolkata

All three arrested are Bangladeshi nationals who had used forged documents to get a room on rent

Pegasus row: Mamata Banerjee accuses Centre of trying to estalish 'surveillance State'
India

Pegasus row: Mamata Banerjee accuses Centre of trying to estalish 'surveillance State'

The West Bengal chief minister also urged Opposition parties to come together to defeat the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections