Did BBMP not know of violations asks fire tragedy survivor?
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 22:21
Bangalore: Did the city civic body, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike not know of the violations is a question raised by a survivor of the fire mishap in Carlton Towers here last month, which claimed nine lives and left over 40 injured.

"Did BBMP not know of the violations. Did it (BBMP) not know that the lift and fire alarm system in the building never worked?" asked Nitin Dubey at a media interaction at Manipal Hospital where fire mishap victims are being treated.

An employee of a real estate firm, located on the seventh floor, the worst-affected, Nitin, who was discharged today, said it is for the government to ensure that emergency drills are conducted in high-rise buildings once every six months.

"However, it is also necessary for people like us to take the drills seriously and participate in it. It has to be a collective effort", he said.

"I have been working in Carlton Towers complex for the past three years and have not seen any emergency drill taking place", Nitin, in his thirties, said.

For Shivaraj, around the same age as Nitin, who had come to visit a friend in the complex, said "I could see smoke coming from everywhere, women fainting and felt utterly helpless".

Shivaraj said he somehow reached the emergency exit, with the light of a small torch, only to find it locked. "I broke it open and was able to pull out some people".

A lecturer in Christ College, Shivaraj broke down saying none should ever face such a situation. It is scary with smoke filling, people shouting and jostling and one even jumping out. In my life I've never seen a person jumping out of any building. I hardly remember anything else."

Hospital sources said there are 12 inpatients, of whom three are in ICU on ventilator support.


First Published: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 22:21

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