High Court Orders Urgent Fire Safety Norms for Small Hospitals Post Tragedy

The high court has directed the Delhi government to decide on two representations seeking regular fire safety audits for small hospitals and nursing homes. This follows a fire tragedy at a neonatal nursing home that claimed seven newborns' lives. The court also ordered an action report within eight weeks.


PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 01-06-2024 20:32 IST | Created: 01-06-2024 20:32 IST
High Court Orders Urgent Fire Safety Norms for Small Hospitals Post Tragedy
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The high court directed the Delhi government on Saturday to urgently address two representations advocating regular fire safety audits for small hospitals and nursing homes. This action follows a tragic fire incident at a private neonatal nursing home that resulted in the death of seven newborns.

Presided over by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet PS Arora, the bench conducted the hearing on a holiday. The petitions raising critical fire safety issues will be treated as representations, and the government must deliver detailed speaking orders within four weeks.

The Delhi government and the Delhi Fire Service Department are to file an action taken report within eight weeks, with compliance reviewed on August 9. Government standing counsel Santosh Kumar Tripathi indicated willingness to incorporate fair and just suggestions into fire-fighting norms. The petitions, filed by social worker Shweta and another petitioner Yugansh Mittal, urgently call for comprehensive fire safety audits and mandatory fire-fighting provisions for nursing homes and small hospitals in Delhi.

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