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Rajasthan HC Directs JDA To Inspect & Ensure Compliance Of Fire Safety Norms In Coaching Centres At Jaipur [Read Order]

Akshita Saxena
18 Nov 2019 8:59 AM GMT
Rajasthan HC Directs JDA To Inspect & Ensure Compliance Of Fire Safety Norms In Coaching Centres At Jaipur [Read Order]
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The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday directed the Jaipur Development Authority to carry out inspection in all zones of Jaipur indicating what effective steps have been taken to ensure that safety requirements of coaching institutes are fulfilled.

The bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Mahendar Kumar Goyal also directed the authority to file compliance affidavit within two weeks.

The bench was hearing a plea filed by a proprietorship firm 'Jawab Do Sarkar', seeking apposite directions to the state government and all private coaching institutes to maintain fire safety standards in coaching premises.

The plea was filed in light of the recent fire accident at a coaching institute in Surat, Gujarat wherein 23 students were killed, due to lack of fire safety standards maintenance in the building.

The high court had issued notices to the State of Rajasthan, Jaipur Development Authority, Director Local Bodies, Chief Fire Officer and Rajasthan Coaching Institute Association, in August this year.

The Petitioner has also sought directions to constitute a Special Investigation Team to conduct periodical inspections at these sites apart from directing the police and fire departments to conduct inspections.

It has been contended by the Petitioner that the coaching industry had been illegally mushrooming in Jaipur, violating all building bye laws of the state government and the fire safety mechanism mandated by the Rajasthan Municipalities Act, 2009. This posed serious threat to Right to life of thousands of students who studied at these centers and called upon the State under Article 38 of the Constitution apart from other legal provisions, to secure social order for public welfare.

Advocates Neha Gyamlani and Aditya Jain argued the matter for the Petitioner. The State was represented by Advocate S.K. Saini for AAG R.P. Singh and the JDA by Advocate Sonali Khatri for Advocate Amit Kuri.

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