The North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Saturday requested Narela zonal authorities for a detailed report, including zonal type and tentative year of construction, of the Mundka building where a massive fire broke out, killing at least 27 dead, officials said.
The North Delhi civic body has also ordered area commissioners to carry out a detailed investigation in their areas to find out if any prohibited activity is taking place in non-compliant areas to prevent the recurrence of such a tragic incident.
“Notices should be issued and appropriate punitive measures should be taken. The exercise should be completed within 10 days and a report on the action taken should be submitted to the additional commissioner in charge of the Factory Licensing Department,” according to the order issued by NDMC authorities.
People were still frantically searching for loved ones as police said 19 people remained missing.
NDMC Commissioner Sanjay Goel has asked local civic authorities to treat the issue as a “top priority”. Details must be submitted within 48 hours, the communication said, adding that it is learned that the fire broke out due to a short circuit.
NDMC asked them to provide details of the type of area – whether in the residential, agricultural or Lal Dora category – where the building is located. He researched the building’s tentative year of construction and height, whether the structure was old or new, and whether construction was underway, the statement said.
He asked whether the construction project was sanctioned or not, and if not, the reason for it. Also, the purpose for which the building was used, whether or not it was permitted and whether a NOC from the fire department was obtained by the occupant or not. Details of factory license, business license, conversion fees, property tax or other paid or unpaid municipal fees were also sought.
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The NDMC has investigated whether a show cause notice or other criminal action has been taken in the past for any building-related violations. Also whether there has been any breach by a civic body municipal official and the recommended action for it, the communication states.
In a separate order, NDMC authorities said the Factory Licensing Department will allow seven days for factory owners in compliant or provisional confirmation areas to obtain a new factory license online or renew it with the fire department NOC and upload them to the NDMC portal. . In case of failure, the necessary measures would be taken within a specified period, he said.
According to the order, the exercise must be carried out within 15 days. The fire broke out on Friday on the first floor of the building which houses the office of a company that manufactures and assembles CCTV cameras and routers.
The Mundka building had a single entry and exit point, which could explain the reason for the high death toll, a senior fire official said on Saturday. The building also did not have a no objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department, the officer added.
Firefighters say the death toll could rise to 30 as charred remains were found in the building during cooling operations on Saturday morning. The injured were being treated in a hospital.