Audit exposes fireplace security lapses in Chandapur bamboo centre buildings | Nagpur Information

Nagpur: The fireplace that brought about a lack of Rs12 crore at Bamboo Analysis Coaching Centre (BRTC), the world’s largest bamboo-made campus, at Chichpalli close to Chandrapur on February 25 this 12 months appears to have been forgotten. However the audit report by Nationwide Fireplace Service Faculty (NFSC), Nagpur, factors out many lapses and anomalies in development that led to the fireplace.
Two sprawling administrative and workshop buildings claimed to be fireproof have been gutted. The state authorities had spent Rs Rs 75 crore on setting up the construction.
On March 2, 2021, PWD superintending engineer (electrical), Nagpur, had sought a hearth danger evaluation report from NFSC nevertheless it was by no means made public.
The report obtained by TOI underneath RTI raises many questions on the development and lapses. Neither the civil or electrical wing of the PWD has complied with the NFSC suggestions, leaving scope for extra such incidents.
The NFSC has identified that the BRTC has many flamable supplies and flammable liquid-based merchandise akin to paints, varnishes, thinners and adhesives, moreover flammable chemical compounds.
The buildings had bamboos, fiber and bitumen sheets and polystyrene, which generate poisonous smoke. The report states that the BRTC has fireplace safety and life safety measures in place, however these require modification and retrofitting to make them simpler.
The report mentioned that {the electrical} and mechanical machines for the workshop ought to be put in in non-combustible buildings.
The audit report factors out that school rooms, workshops, flooring and roofs are constructed from flamable materials. As per the Nationwide Constructing Code of India (NBCI) 2016, non-combustible materials ought to be used for buildings.
The NFSC really useful fireplace retardant remedy of all combustibles and set up of roof drenches. It has not been executed until now.
The report observes that wiring and electrical cabling contained in the construction has been supplied alongside the bamboo pillars in regular PVC conduit with regular switches. As per NBCI, the wiring and cabling ought to be flame retardant and wiring ought to run in steel conduit.
Bamboo consultants requested if PWD electrical wing is competent then why NBCI pointers have been ignored throughout planning and execution? They needed to know what further measures PWD has taken to guard the lifetime of occupants as bitumen sheets would fall quickly which can hamper evacuation.
The report observes that canteen kitchen and eating services have been deliberate contained in the bamboo shed. As per NBCI, in kitchen open flame cooking home equipment are used and kitchen ought to be separate from different components. It has requested to find a kitchen in non-combustible development in RCC.
NFSC has really useful putting in moist system and open headwater spar nozzles. It has requested to have most fire-retardant remedy and switches. It states that electrical transformers and substations are put in near the constructing. They have to be shifted 25 metre from the BRTC, mentioned the report .
PWD government engineer Anant Bhaskarwar didn’t reply to repeated TOI calls. The NFSC has additionally famous that because of the completion of the BRTC constructing, it isn’t potential to have fireplace set up inside.
“For emergency, firemen should be posted round the clock. Particular care must be taken to make sure there isn’t a fireplace incident in BRTC,” the report mentioned.
* If bamboo is very inflammable, why kitchen with LPG cylinders was product of bamboo
* Smoke detection system not put in as per the BIS normal
* Fireplace hydrants have to be prolonged to the rear aspect of the constructing. Distance of hydrants from the face of constructing wants to extend
* Devotees prepare dinner meals within the open temple premises adjoining to the BRTC. This must cease
* Set up extra appropriate and efficient life-saving methods
* Contained in the constructing flooring and partitions are made with wooden and bamboo and usually are not fireplace retardant.
* The centralized fireplace management system is totally lined with bamboo which can complicate the management system throughout an emergency

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