Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court has directed the Fire Safety Commission to make a list of high-rise buildings that need to be inspected and then start doing so.
The court asked the capital city police officer to assist the commission, which must file a report at the next hearing on October 25. The court was hearing a petition demanding an inquiry into a fire at the Lahore Development Authority Plaza.
During Saturday’s hearing, the court learned that the commission did not include an LDA representative, so the LDA additional director general was made a member. An LDA official told the court that the authority had invited applications from consultants to help draft fresh building regulations incorporating the commission’s fire safety recommendations.
The DCO told the court that field officer had been directed to follow the commission’s guidelines for multi-storey buildings.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2013.