AMRI fire: Probe committee report submitted

The West Bengal government received the report of the committee it had set up to inquire into the AMRI Hospital fire along with recommendations.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 22:06 PM IST

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Wednesday
received the report of the committee it had set up to inquire
into the AMRI Hospital fire along with recommendations.

The probe was instituted by the Disaster Management
Ministry of the state government.
Disclosing some features of the report of the probe
committee, led by ADG Fire Services D P Biswas, Disaster
Management minister Javed Khan said that the recommendation
would be transformed into guidelines in consulatation with the
chief minister.

The report has suggested to make license for use of
LPG as mandatory, besides incorporating a shutdown provision
in AC duct to stop spread of smoke through AC duct.

The mock fire drill has been made mandatory once in
every three months, besides setting up an alternative lighting
arrangement.

Floor number and fire arrangement has to be displayed
in each and every floor of the hospital and other
establishments.
Electrical wiring has to be concealed or should pass
through covered shaft and basement could never be used as
godown.

Appointment of a Fire Safety Officer in each hospital
and other establishments has been made mandatory. Such
officers would be trained by the Fire department, the minister
said.

All hospitals and other establishments must have lifts
as well as ramp for easy and faster movement of patients.

Also the lifts as well as the patient wards should
have separate and alternative power supply as an emergency
arrangement, Khan said.

The committee visited about 40 private and state-run
hospitals, besides other establishments before preparing the
report.

PTI