CDA steps up efforts to ensure building codes compliance

Islamabad – The Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad has asked management of a five-star hotel to ensure compliance with the building codes and fire safety provisions.

According to a letter written by Emergency and Disaster Management directorate of the MCI to the Vice President (Operations) of Marriott Hotel, audit of the hotel building was required to review the state of preparedness in the light of the building codes and Fire Safety Provisions-2016.

The directorate has sought information from the hotel management pertaining to different facilities. The operational head has been directed to provide information pertaining to certificate of fitness, fire certificate, outdoor and open fire, life safety narrative, facility management and operational plan, records, storage of combustible material, fire safety construction features, fire protection system, fire department access and water supply and combustible waste before visit of the E&DM officials to the hotel.

Meanwhile, the E&DM directorate accelerated its efforts to get the occupancies complying with the safety provisions.

The teams of the directorate inspected several high-rise buildings in the city for the state of preparedness. The E&DM team imposed a fine of Rs75,000 on Islamabad Stock Exchange tower after it found that the safety equipment was not functional and fire prevention arrangements were not satisfactory. Bank Alfalah ISE branch was also slapped with a fine of Rs75,000. Sub-office of ‘Air China’ was also fined Rs75,000 for the same reasons.

The E&DM team also found that Sadiq Plaza in G-9 Markaz was in absolute compromising state of affairs with inadequate fire prevention, protection and life safety arrangements.

Especially, there are two huge telecom towers erected on the rooftop with heavy generators; diesel, patrol and other combustible material dumped in open; poor electricity networking and naked wires posing threat to the lives of the occupants, the team observed. It said that the poor arrangements would lead to fire mishaps while load-bearing capacity of the building has also been compromised by installing telecom towers atop. 

Furthermore, to resolve issues related to pension cases of the officers and officials of the Capital Development Authority and to pursue the pension cases in Wafaqi Mohtasib (Federal Ombudsman) Secretariat effectively, Mayor of Islamabad and Chairman CDA Sheikh Anser Aziz nominated Fazal-e-Mabood, DG Audit and Accounts, CDA, as focal person. In this regard, a formal notification was issued.

The focal person will take measures for pursuing and resolving the pension cases pending in different courts, Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat and other forums, particularly, the case of officers and officials who were facing different inquiries as per rules. The focal person will also ensure imposition of concerned rules and regulations issued by the Authority, particularly, by government of Pakistan.

The Focal person will also ensure implementation of rules and regulations regarding pension issues, enforced by the government time to time. The Mayor directed the focal person to take steps for removing inordinate delays in pension cases so that employees would not face difficulties regarding their pension issues.

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