Lahore: The Metropolitan Corporation Lahore (MCL) has decided to penalise owners of commercial buildings that do not have water hydrant points to cope with fire breakouts, reported a news source. A summary in this regard has been sent to the Government of Punjab for approval.
If the provincial government approves the proposal, the MCL will impose a fine worth PKR 50,000 on owners of such commercial plazas missing on proper firefighting arrangements. The decision was taken during a meeting held yesterday. MCL Administrator Dr. Mujtaba Paracha presided over the meeting.
According to the details, if – after the imposition of fine – plaza owners didn’t install water hydrant points, their buildings will be sealed. The decision to penalise the owners of commercial plazas lacking proper firefighting facilities is taken to curb the rising number of fire breakout incidents in the city.
In this meeting, the officials representing Rescue 1122 and the Fire Brigade gave briefing on increasing fire breakout incidents. They said that the unplanned and unapproved construction activities in the crowded parts of the city are responsible for the rise in such accidents.
Reportedly, the officers concerned have also asked the Walled City of Lahore Authority in writing to increase the number of water hydrant points in their administered areas. At the same time, Parks and Horticulture Authority and Water and Sanitation Authority also has 10 water tanks each ready to deal with such emergencies.