Islamabad - CDA Chairman Sheikh Anser Aziz Tuesday said that buildings with inadequate system of fire prevention, protection and life safety will have to face strict action under prevailing sections of the Islamabad Fire Prevention & Life Safety Regulation-2010. He stated this during a meeting at CDA headquarters.

The action will be implemented under the Fire safety provision-2016. The meeting was attended by Director Emergency and Disaster Management along with other officers of authority. The Mayor added that a comprehensive campaign would be initiated to create awareness among the general public and help save lives.

In an effort to create awareness, public notices are being published to inform the owners and occupants of public and private buildings including residential, educational, institutional, business, industrial, storage, to ensure compliance with the building codes, and fire safety provision-2016.

The meeting was further told that all procurement, services, and maintenance within the respective buildings are also subject to issuance of certificate of fitness from Directorate of Emergency & Disaster Management, MCI for ICT limits. The meeting was further told that any company, firm, which will fail to abide by clause 1.13 of building codes, would be sealed.

Mayor of Islamabad was informed that the installation procedure(s) must also comply with referred NFPA-Codes, contained in Chapter-2 of the standered-2016 and that the owner of the occupancies which have been already issued penalties as per standered-2010 have also been directed to deposit the imposed fine immediately.

He also asked the residents of the federal capital to cooperate with MCI in making Islamabad a fire-free zone by enforcing building codes, and fire Safety Provision-2016.

He directed the concerned authorities that after the deadline of three months, direct action will be taken against vulnerable occupancies which pose safety threat to inhabitants without further notices.

The Mayor also said that the cleanliness drive has been completed in Sector G-6, G-7 and G-8, and has entered Sector G-9. Meanwhile, DG Environment CDA, Sheikh Suleman has been suspended from service for his failure to protect the Margalla Hills National Park. An inquiry into this matter is underway.