In a recent development, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made amendments in the existing fire safety policy for all the Hi-rise buildings situated in Mumbai. As per the new policy, the norms will also apply to the private plots as well.
According to the new policy, from now onwards, all the tall buildings have to develop an open space on any one side of the building so that the evacuation process can be made easier in case of any fire danger. Also, a fire evaluation lift should be developed nearby an enclosed staircase which can easily be used by residents and firefighters in case of any fire emergency.
Giving more details on the same, a senior BMC official said, “The policy has been amended keeping in mind the increasing number of hi-risers in the city. Under the new policy, all the buildings which are above 70 meters must have a nine-meter wide and open space along with a fire evacuation lift. In case, no provision of fire evacuation lift has been opted by the builder, then they have to develop a separate open space on any side of the building depending upon its height.”
He further informed that if the building has a height of 32-45 metres or it has 9-15 storeys, then a fire evacuation lift is not mandatory but the developer has to create an open space of six metres inside the premises.
On the other has, for buildings with a height of 45-58 metres, or with 15-19 storeys, the developer has to maintain an open space of 7.5 metres.
Moreover, the above rules have to follow in case a same development takes place on private plot as well.
In the existing fire safety policy, a fire evacuation list is mandatory in all the building with 22 storeys or which are more than 70 meters in height.