Thursday, 6 May 2010

Fire department point out shortcomings in CWG venues

Less than five months to go before the Commonwealth Games, but a burning issue remains. Three Games venues - Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium and Siri Fort Indoor Stadium are yet to receive No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from the fire department.

"We inspected these stadiums and found several shortcomings in them. These have to be rectified before Delhi Fire Services (DFS) grant them an NOC," fire department sources said.

"The width of the staircases in the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium and Talkatora Indoor Stadium are less than the required limit, which is 2 metres. The ventilation in the basement is not adequate which can result in suffocation due to smoke if there is a fire incident," sources in Delhi Fire Department told MiD DAY.

"There is no compartmentalisation in these two stadiums and it can result in the fire spreading to other areas inside the stadiums." they said.

The Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium lacks smoke management and compartmentalisation. Even Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range is yet to receive an NOC from the DFS.

"As of now we haven't issued an NOC to any of the stadiums that are being renovated and those which have been handed over to authorities," added the sources.

Delhi Fire Services Director, RC Sharma said, "We will issue an NOC when the concerned agencies confirm to the fire department the fulfilment of recommendations handed out to them."

The official spokesperson for Commonwealth Games, Lalit Bhanot said, "It's the duty of the venue owners to get all the safety and other clearances from respective agencies. The issue has come up in meetings and these venue owners are in the process of getting the clearances. I am very sure that we will get all the clearances in time."


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