Most Panipat industry units working without safety license

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Panipat, Nov 20 (UNI) An alarming 90 per cent of 2000 industrial units, mostly set up in residential areas here, were working without the safety license, an official survey here has revealed.

The survey, conducted the Haryana Industrial Safety Council after the tragic incident of fire in a textile mill here on October 6 in which ten labourers were burnt alive, also revealed that 235 units out of 1050 have not implemented ESI facilities and nearly 700 units have been set up under the shop act.

Interestingly, 70 per cent of the surveyed units were found without sign board of the unit. According to survey authorities, it was being done to hide the identity and nature of the unit.

Deputy Director N S Khatri who is supervising the survey, informed that the survey of all the units in the district would be completed by December 7 and then a report will be submitted to the state government.

The survey aimed to check the safety measures taken in the units by the unit owner and enforce the safety regulations in the units concerned, he added.

He also pointed out that the units without sign boards of the location made it difficult for the fire fighting units to locate these in case of any mishap.

He explained that it was mandatory for the unit owners to obtain NOC from the departments concerned before applying for safety license from the labour department.

UNI

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