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Ahmedabad: Over 9,000 buildings unsafe in Gujrat

Surat, May. 27 : In Surat, 1,123 coaching centres have been served show-cause notices and they have been given three days for complying with fire safety standards.It was found out that 9,395 buildings across Gujarat, including schools, coaching centers, malls, restaurants, and hotels, lacked fire safety regulations. The officials said, we are working on repairing of fire safety infrastructure and making it better all over Gujarat.
Gujarat Chief Secretary Jagdip Narayan Singh said, officials in 162 municipalities across the state have inspected 9,962 buildings and found that 9,395 of them lacked fire-safety features.
Former Gujarat CM Shankersingh Vaghela said, “The mayor and municipal commissioner should resign on moral grounds. It was a man-made disaster. Who gave necessary permissions to the establishment? It is moral duty of the concerned officers to follow the rules.”
The Surat Coaching fire was reportedly a result of a short circuit and a complaint has been registered against three people, including the builder and manager of the complex.They have been identified as Harshal Vekaria and Jignesh. Meanwhile, the owner of the coaching centre, Bhargav Bhutani, has also been detained.
Gujarat Chief Secretary Jagdip Narayan Singh said, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has asked all officials to shut down coaching centres that are being run on the terrace of complexes, under dome-shaped structures similar to the one for the Takshashila complex in Surat, where the fire occurred.Singh said, The Chief Minister has called for a meeting on Monday to discuss short-term, mid-term and long term-measures that can be taken to avert such a tragedy in future.
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