<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court (HC) on Monday issued a notice to the Delhi government on a plea that sought information about how many schools in the city, both private and government, are complying with the fire safety and building stability norms.A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar directed the government, along with the municipal bodies, to furnish a response, fixing the next date of hearing on January 29. The directions came while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), which sought the compliance of the Supreme Court (SC) directions on fire safety and building stability norms by private and government schools in the city.The petitioner, advocate Kush Kalra, had alleged that the Delhi government and its various authorities have not responded to his queries following which he knocked the doors of the court. It further alleged that the Directorate of Education, the Fire Services, and the Public Works Department have behaved negligently, while performing their duty to take steps to ensure that schools were complying with safety norms.The PIL, filed through counsel Rajesh Gogna, said the petitioner came to know about the lack of data with the authorities on this issue after he raised a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. It sought directions to the local authorities to ensure compliance with the Apex Court’s order as well as the National Building Code of India, claiming that the “safety of school-going students in Delhi isat risk”.“School-going children are an easy target of any mishap and it must be the duty of the respondents (authorities) to check and identify which schools in Delhi have no fire safety and building stability certificate. “And the respondents must derecognise those institutions till the time the safety norms are implemented,” the petition stated.

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Fire safety in schools: High Court seeks government reply