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Safety Guidelines to be followed by high-rises, else water and electricity to be cut
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Safety Guidelines to be followed by high-rises, else water and electricity to be cut

Times View: Beyond Carlton‘s relentless campaign has led to the high court and fire and emergency services to take cognizance of building violations rampant in Bengaluru. It’s some comfort that the departments has identified buildings that have flouted safety guidelines and plans to cut essential services like water and power if corrective steps aren’t taken. At the same time, it must also ensure that builders and agencies which certify such buildings aren’t spared. They are the bigger culprits who usually go scot-free whenever any tragedy occurs.

 

Safety Guidelines

Over 1,200 highrises face the prospect of losing their water and electricity connections for violating safety norms… Read more

 

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Slow pace of fire audits of Bengaluru’s high-rises
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Slow pace of fire audits of Bengaluru’s high-rises

Fire audit of high-rises going on at a snail’s pace

The fire audit of high-rises in the State is moving at a snail’s pace despite several strictures by the High Court.

In fact, Home Minister K.J. George sprung into action on Thursday reviewing fire audits of high-rises only after the High Court on September 1 issued directions to speed up the process while hearing a PIL filed by Uday Vijayan of Beyond Carlton.

It was a PIL by Uday Vijayan which led to the 2011 government order vesting the Fire Department with the power to inspect all high-rises with April 2012 deadline. The fire audit is yet to be completed. Read more…

 

Another related report can be found here…

 

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Inadequate fire safety precautions in Bengaluru’s high-rises
Blocked fire exits

Inadequate fire safety precautions in Bengaluru’s high-rises

Is Bengaluru city taking enough fire safety precautions? Apparently not, and you need to read this
Fire exits are often blocked with cardboard boxes and sometimes they are even locked.
Every year India loses over 25,000 people to fire accidents in the country.  As per National Crime Records Bureau data, there were 237 fire deaths in Karnataka in 2013, which is about 6% of the total fire-related deaths in the State.

The judge was angry because Beyond Carlton, an organisation working toward fire safety by those affected by the 2010 Carlton Tower fire in Bengaluru, brought to the notice of the court the poor implementation of fire-safety norms.

Uday Vijayan, President of Beyond Carlton, says, “There is an imbalance between the increase in urbanization and the quality of civic and social infrastructure in India.”

The guidelines listed in the notification are quite specific.

Bengaluru is grossly short with respect to infrastructure. The city has only 19 fire stations where as it needs 56. Vijayan, in his letter to the Members of Parliament representing Bengaluru, has chalked out an estimate of the investment that would be needed. “The additional 37 fire stations and physical assets will need Rs 450 crores excluding the routine expenses for maintenance. The operational expenses of all 56 fire stations would be Rs 145 crores per year.” he writes in the letter.

He also says that violations of these rules has resulted in old buildings continuing to be potential tinder boxes and the new buildings which come up not caring to invest adequately in fire safety measures.

“80% fire accidents are caused due to short-circuits. Old buildings are more vulnerable to fire accidents as people don’t maintain the electrical connections in their houses. Similarly, there is a huge challenge with old Government buildings. None of them will even pass the test. We could give up on the old buildings that fail the fire safety test. But, at some point Beyond Carlton would take up the challenge of making old buildings fire-safe.” he told The News Minute. He also adds that

It is up to the citizens to insist on better safety standards.

“There are a fair number of people who don’t follow the fire safety which is because of the over-arching Indian attitude toward public safety in the country. A simple example can be, how a person puts on his helmet the moment he sees a cop and removes it as soon as the cop is out of his way,” he says, “we cannot have the same attitude towards fire-safety.”

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High-rises to undergo fire safety preparedness inspection
BangaloreMirror-1Sep2015

High-rises to undergo fire safety preparedness inspection

High-rises in city to undergo inspection

The High Court on Monday disposed a PIL that challenged the failure of the government to undertake inspection of high-rise buildings in Bengaluru for their fire safety preparedness. The court asked the government to inspect all the high-rise buildings in the city.

The PIL was filed by Beyond Carlton, a charitable trust formed by the family members of the victims of the fire tragedy in Carlton Towers in 2010. Following an earlier PIL by Beyond Carlton, the state government had given an undertaking to the HC that it would form rules to inspect fire safety in high rises. Read more…

 

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Implement Fire Safety Measures

Implement Fire Safety Measures

BENGALURU: The High Court on Monday directed the authorities to ensure the implementation of notification issued on July 7, 2011 to avoid fire hazards.

The notification was issued asking the building owners to present the Fire Safety Certificate to BBMP for permission renewal once in two years. It also requires residents to have their buildings inspected by agencies empanelled by the fire services department and present the report along with an affidavit on the condition of fire safety system to BBMP and fire department once every two years.

The notification also seeks to exclude buildings that doesn’t comply with norms from the purview of Akrama-Sakrama scheme.

Disposing the public interest litigation filed by Beyond Carlton, an organisation comprising victims of the Carlton Towers fire tragedy on Old Airport Road about five years ago, the division bench of Acting Chief Justice, Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice BV Nagarathna further directed them to make joint inspection by authorities to check if the fire safety norms are being implemented.

During the hearing, Justice B V Nagarathna observed that fire exits in the several malls in the city are found locked. “I have seen a mall where the fire exit is locked. If a fire mishap occurs, where do we find the key? Is BBMP inspecting? Please go to those malls and check.. Every morning, fire exit should be opened and closed in the evening when the mall is closed,” she said.

The Acting Chief Justice Mukherjee suggested the surprise visits by the authorities are needed as Bengaluru city has some live wires and many highrise buildings.

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The link to this report on The New Indian Express can be found here.

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Implement 2011 fire safety norms: Bangalore HC
ToI-1Sep2015

Implement 2011 fire safety norms: Bangalore HC

Implement 2011 norms on fire safety: HC bench

Bengaluru: The high court on Tuesday directed the authorities to ensure implementation of the July 7, 2011 notification to avert fire hazards.

Disposing of a PIL filed by Beyond Carlton, a division bench directed the authorities to make a joint inspection to check whether fire-safety norms have been implemented or not. Beyond Carlton organization comprises victims of the Carlton Towers fire tragedy that took place five-and-a-half years ago. Read more…

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High-rise buildings in Bangalore lack fire safety

High-rise buildings in Bangalore lack fire safety

Bangalore Mirror

 13,214 buildings in Bengaluru lack fire safety

Findings of a state-wide audit of fire safety violations in high-rise buildings has left personnel of the Fire and Emergency Services a worried lot. The audit, done over several months, has revealed that a whopping 14,000-plus buildings in Karnataka violate fire safety norms. Over 13,000 of these are buildings in Bengaluru. Caught…

In the aftermath of the Carlton Towers fire tragedy in Bengaluru a few years ago, the state government came up with stringent safety guidelines and mandatory implementation of National Building Code 2005 guidelines in high-rise buildings that measure over 15 sq mt.

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NDTV Bangalore, 25th February 2015
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NDTV Bangalore, 25th February 2015

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The Hindu, 24th February 2015
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The Hindu, 24th February 2015

Monday marked five years since the day (February 23, 2010) a fire broke out in Carlton Towers and claimed nine lives and left 60 injured. Cut to the present, and the wound. Read more

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NDTV Bangalore, 25th February 2015
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NDTV Bangalore, 25th February 2015

It has been five years to the day since the fire in Carlton Towers on Bengaluru’s Old Airport Road claimed nine lives. Every year, the group ‘Beyond Carlton’, formed by survivors, and relatives of victims, marks the occasion with an event. Read more

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The News Minute, 21st October 2014
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The News Minute, 21st October 2014

Twenty three year old Akhil Uday was working in an investment-banking firm in Bangalore. In February 2010, Akhil was among nine others… Read more

 

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DNA South Bangalore, 29th October 2014
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DNA South Bangalore, 29th October 2014

Beyond Carlton and city-based grievance redressal website ichangemycity.com along with the Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services (KSFES) department… Read more

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NDTV Bangalore, 29th October 2014
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NDTV Bangalore, 29th October 2014

It is simple, free and user-friendly: a first of its kind fire safety app that urges citizens of Bangalore to play…Read more

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NDTV, 25th February, 2015
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NDTV, 25th February, 2015

Bengaluru: Relatives, survivors of Carlton Towers fire go beyond grief, help spread awareness on fire safety.

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NDTV, December 18, 2011
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NDTV, December 18, 2011

Uday Vijayan on NDTV – We the People.

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NDTV, April 18, 2013
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NDTV, April 18, 2013

An interview with Uday Vijayan on The Property Show.

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IBN Live, February 27, 2013
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IBN Live, February 27, 2013

Uday Vijayan as one of the panelists in a CNN-IBN live debate on fire tragedies and the non-accountability of authorities.

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The Hindu, March 26, 2013
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The Hindu, March 26, 2013

An interview with Uday Vijayan post a factory fire in a furniture unit in Bangalore.

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New Indian Express, February 23, 2010
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New Indian Express, February 23, 2010

A look at Beyond Carlton, volunteers for fire safety, drawbacks in fire safety norms and the memorial service they conduct every year.

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New Indian Express, February 23, 2010
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New Indian Express, February 23, 2010

A look at Beyond Carlton, their challenges, support received, and India-specific statistics on fire.

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Times of India, October 22, 2013
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Times of India, October 22, 2013

A detailed report on various authorities being given notice in the PIL filed in relation to inadequate inspection of fire safety in high rise buildings in Bangalore.

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The Hindu, October 22, 2013
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The Hindu, October 22, 2013

A report on the Karnataka High Court’s issue of notice to the State Government about failure in inspecting fire safety in a majority of Bangalore’s high rise buildings.

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Deccan Herald, October 21, 2013
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Deccan Herald, October 21, 2013

A report on the issuance of notices to the State Government by the Karnataka HC to inspect all high rises in Bangalore for fire safety as mandated in the notification on July 7, 2011.

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NDTV, February 24, 2014
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NDTV, February 24, 2014

Featured on NDTV on the 4th anniversary of the Carlton fire tragedy. Covered: the memorial service and honouring of four firemen.

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Deccan Herald, February 23, 2014
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Deccan Herald, February 23, 2014

4 Firemen felicitated on the fourth anniversary of the Carlton Towers fire accident.

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Citizen Matters, February 24, 2014
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Citizen Matters, February 24, 2014

4 years on – an article on the anniversary of the Carlton Towers fire tragedy.

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Citizen Matters, April 1, 2014
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Citizen Matters, April 1, 2014

Uday Vijayan, co-founder of Beyond Carlton featured in Citizen Matters with an open letter from a father who lost his son in a fire tragedy to all MP’s about how they are planning to make Bangalore fire safe.

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The Hindu, September 18, 2014
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The Hindu, September 18, 2014

Uday Vijayan, co- Founder of Beyond Carlton featured in the Hindu about the poor progress in fire audits in high-rise buildings and how it’s time for the fire department to start thinking out of the box.

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The Hindu, October 28, 2014
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The Hindu, October 28, 2014

Featured in The Hindu for the first-of-its-kind Fire Champ app.
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Citizen Matters, Bangalore, October 20, 2014
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Citizen Matters, Bangalore, October 20, 2014

Featured in Citizen Matters for the launch of the Fire Champ App and how citizens will now be able to report fire safety violations to the Fire Department as well as have them rectified at the touch of a button.

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