Blast-resistant design, quick evacuation provision among regulations drafted in 2009

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The special regulations drafted in 2009 for buildings vulnerable to man-made disasters had laid out requirements across six parameters. These included a blast-resistant design of the entire structure, requirements for quick evacuation during emergencies, provisions for fire safety if fires likely to follow man-made disasters, a requirement for electronic surveillance systems around buildings with open spaces, an emergency control room and motion detectors.

The fire safety requirements mandated in the special regulations included extensive sprinkler systems in the building, a minimum of two openable windows on each floor, and a provision to preferably carry out cooking in a detached separate building, in case of commercial establishments.

On Monday, the Maharashtra government informed the Bombay High Court that it has issued a government resolution (GR) to set up a four-member committee. The committee has been given two months’ time to submit its recommendations pertaining to the enforcement of the fire safety norms based on eight terms of reference set out in the GR.

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