Islamabad-The emergency audit and physical verification of the installed equipment has found inadequate arrangements to deal with fire incident and other emergency-like situations at the secretariat of Capital Development Authority (CDA) in sector G-7, it has been learnt.

The CDA headquarters lacks what it, along with Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI), is supposed to ensure at the city buildings as life safety measures. Both the entities are mandated to inspect and regulate the buildings for fire safety but CDA’s own secretariat is lacking the required facilities, according to the documents available with this scribe. The audit team believed that some of the equipment was never installed while some are in shabby condition. The emergency audit of the secretariat was conducted jointly by the consultant and project executing officer in April this year but it took almost 6 months to compile a report in this regard.

According to the report, the Director Emergency and Disaster Management, Fire Prevention, Protection Advisory unit of the MCI has recommended the Deputy Financial Advisor CDA not to release security to the contractor before getting the missing equipment/items installed properly.

The inspection report said that arrangement for emergency exit is not appropriate while emergency and escape lighting/exit signs are not provided in the whole building. The fire extinguishers/fixed fire fighting installations are available within the premises but they are mono in nature. Hose reel and ‘down comer’ are not installed in the building, the report added. Furthermore, manually-operated electric fire alarm system is provided but is not in a working condition. Similarly, automatic detection and alarm system is not in working condition.

Terrace water tank dedicated for firefighting with pump is not available in the building. It is to mention here that according to the advisory, an overhead water tank with capacity of 10,000 liters for firefighting and firefighting pumps with independent source of supply is to be provided to each block separately.

“Necessary services like cables, plumbing pipes, electrical wiring and telephone cable are unprotected and may lead to disaster”, said the report further. Automatic turn/shut off system is not available in the building. The report warned that great amount of combustible material has been used for interior finishing and partition which may aggravate the situation in case of fire. The Unit has been striving since long to ensure life safety measures in the city buildings. But CDA’s main secretariat is lacking the facilities and equipment the MCI and CDA demand at other premises as life safety measures.

The Emergency and Disaster management directorate inspects, advises and technically assists the owners and occupants in making their premises safe to ensure safety of life in case of a natural or manmade calamity.