To avert Surat-like fire tragedy in which at least 22 students were killed, the Delhi government on Monday directed the fire department officials to investigate the fire safety norms at all the coaching centres operating in high rise buildings across the city.
As per the latest reports, all the coaching centres operating in high rise buildings will be inspected by the Director of Fire Services, who has been instructed to take immediate action for closing down those institutes running above the fourth floor of an establishment in violation of the fire norms.
Reportedly, small coaching institutes, which are functioning in buildings below 15 metres, do not come directly under the fire department's jurisdiction.
Earlier, the Gujarat government asked the builders of more than 9,000 properties, including over 1,100 in the diamond city, in the state to equip themselves with fire safety installations within three days.
As many as 22 students studying at an arts coaching centre on the covered terrace, which became the fourth floor, of a three-storey building Takshashila Arcade in Surat's Sarthana area lost their lives in the huge fire on Friday. They were in the age group of 14 to 17 years.
Fourteen students were still undergoing treatment at four different hospitals in Surat and three of them were admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU), official sources said.