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OMMCOM NEWS Impact: Fire Department Inspects 22 Coaching Centres Across Twin City


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27 May 2019

OMMCOM NEWS


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Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: A day after the Surat fire tragedy claimed 23 young lives, OMMCOM NEWS took a look at the fire safety measures in capital city coaching centres only to find out that danger loomed large at several of these places. Following that, Odisha Fire Services took immediate cognizance of the report and conducted inspection at 22 coaching centres across Twin City today.

Maheswar Swain, Chief Fire Officer, Fire Prevention Wing said, “We have formed 22 teams for inspection. On priority-basis, we are looking at the coaching centres that are attended by large number of students. Earlier, we have conducted evacuation mock drill and awareness programmes at various educational institutions. Following the Surat tragedy, we are mainly focusing on coaching centres now.”

The institutes in Cuttack are- IBT institute & Vanik Banking Institute, Arohan Institute, Torque Classes, Aakash Institute, I Books, Arihant, FIIT JEE and Chanakya. In Bhubaneswar- Aakash Institute, Samal Classes, Allen, Mahindra, Education Asia, Adyant, FIIT JEE, Narayan School, Bajirao Acadmey, Navodaya, Vanik and Vinayak Classes are under scanner.

The officers checked all floors of these centres for fire safety measures and arrangements. They also sensitized, trained and made the students aware of the life-saving steps that are needed to be taken, in case a fire broke out. In addition to that, they checked whether a fire safety license had been sanctioned to the building. Where there was any sort of negligence, the owners were served notice. “If the owners do not comply with the rules within the stipulated time period, strict action will be taken,” Swain added.

The students and owners complied with the checking. They patiently heard what was being told to them and promised to remain vigilant at all times. They all agreed that this was a necessary step and such programs should be conducted at every school and educational institute.

Inspection broadly revealed that many coaching centres do not have complete and comprehensive fire safety measures. In some places, fixed fire fighting installations or fire extinguishers are available but few other equipment are necessary to be installed.

Besides, the staircases, corridors, escape routes etc. were found to have been blocked which possess danger to life & property. Good housekeeping, which plays a vital role in fire safety, was not found. Moreover most of the coaching centres do not have adequate exit signages to lead the occupants to places of safety in case of any emergency. Notices shall be issued to the defaulting centres to fulfil the shortcomings within specified time period.

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Maheswar Swain, Chief Fire Officer, Fire Prevention Wing

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Arun Sarangi, Fire Official, Cuttack

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Inspection In Cuttack