A Public Interest Litigation has been filed before the Jaipur bench of the Rajasthan High Court, concerned by widespread violation of building norms and fire safety standards in various coaching institutes, run across the Jaipur city.
A Division Bench of Justices Ravindra Bhat and Inderjeet Singh today issued notices to State Of Rajasthan, Jaipur Development Authority, Director Local Bodies, Chief Fire Officer, Rajasthan Coaching Institute Association on the petition.
The petition has been filed by 'Jawab Do Sarkar', a proprietorship of one Gyanesh Kumar Sharma, 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 PIL titled "Jawab Do Sarkar v. State of Rajasthan & Ors." pleads the court to direct the state government and all private coaching institutes to maintain fire safety standards in coaching premises. It further seeks 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.
The Petitioner has submitted that the coaching industry is mushrooming in Jaipur in violation of building bye laws of the state government and the fire safety mechanism mandated by the Rajasthan Municipalities Act, 2009 (the Act). 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.
He submits to have made various representations in this behalf before the Jaipur Development Authority and the Jaipur Municipal Corporation but, in vain. Accordingly, he was forced to prefer this petition and has relied upon forth mentioned grounds to support his case:
Advocates Neha Gyamlani and Aditya Jain argued the matter for the petitioners.
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