A hospital in Bhopal where four newborn babies died in a fire on Monday night did not have the mandatory fire safety clearance, a civic body official said, NDTV reported on Wednesday. The fire broke out on the third floor of the hospital, where the intensive care unit is located, around 9 pm.

Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s Fire Services Chief KS Parihar said that the Kamala Nehru Hospital had been served notices five times in the past six months, but it failed to get a fire safety no-objection certificate.

“There are 500 to 600 big and small medical facilities in Bhopal that have been served notices for fire safety NOC [no-objection certificate] in past six months,” Parihar told the channel.

He said that the Kamala Nehru Hospital, as well as the other facilities that have been served notices, had never applied for the clearance.

Parihar said that firefighters reached the hospital within 15 minutes of getting the information, and put out the blaze in an hour. “But the fire safety equipment installed at the hospital was outdated and not working,” he claimed.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday announced a high-level investigation into the incident and said that Additional Chief Secretary (public health and medical education) Mohammad Suleiman will conduct it.

Chouhan also sought…

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