Gurgaon: Gurgaon Cyber City, which is home to scores of high-end multinational companies and skylines, has turned a tinderbox as security measures have blatantly been ignored while establishing chemical factories in its nearby areas. Whenever there is an incident of blaze, situation spins out of control.

The fire which broke out in a paint factory located in IDC area of Gurgaon on Saturday gives tell-all account of miserable preparedness to negotiate the challenges in the event of blaze. The officials of the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health, which comes under the Labour Department, still seems to be oblivious of the gravity of the situation and are reluctant to conduct safety audit of the chemical industries in the city.

The slackness of the officials concerned give ample chance of violating safety norms while setting up factory as a Directorate official readily accepted that there were no safety measures to control the fire which broke out in the paint factory.

After a major fire in the chemical factory located at Daulatabad Road months back, a report was published by Dainik Jagran on unauthorised factories, which led to an investigation that found many of them illegal.

VP Bajaj, President, Gurgaon Industrial Association says, “We must not compromise with the safety as it is as important as the production of the factories.”

While HP Yadav, President of NCR Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stresses on the need of more efficient fire extinguishing system, Hari Sharma of Industrial Development Association emphasises on becoming more agile and aware in this regard otherwise huge losses can be incurred.

Meanwhile, Ravi S Yadva, Joint Director, Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health assured, “Though the safety measures in chemical industries are tested from time to time, a special survey will be carried out in chemical industries from the safety viewpoint.”