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Electrical audit for high rises likely to become mandatory in Mumbai

With the number of fire accidents in high rises going up the government may think of making an annual electrical safety audit, on the lines of biannual fire audit, compulsory for buildings above 15 metres or of five floors in Mumbai.

According to the fire brigade, they have jointly held a meeting with the state electrical inspector along with BMC officials. Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the fire brigade are also in talks with the state government in this regard. The move comes in the backdrop of frequent fires in high-rises caused by defective electric wiring.

It may be recalled here that last week a major fire at the 20-storey Kamala Building in Tardeo claimed six lives and left 24 injured. Though the fire was on the 19th floor, wiring in the electric duct was damaged due to which power supply in the entire building was cut off. In October 2021, a major fire was reported at Avighna Park, a 60- storey building at Currey Road. One person was killed. The fire brigade had said that the primary cause of the blaze was short circuit.

According to the fire brigade, in many fire incidents, defective electric wires are either the cause, or contribute to spreading the blaze. Therefore, it’s necessary to fix this issue for which periodic electrical audits are required.

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