Gujarat Government to Strengthen Laws Following Series of Man-Made Disasters

By the next monsoon session, the Gujarat Government is ready to present a measure suggesting these changes in the legislature


GANDHINAGAR,GUJARAT : After five long years, the Gujarat government has at last awakened to change its current safety rules by enforcing tougher penalties and guaranteeing responsibility at more higher levels of government.

Following multiple high-profile tragedies including the Takshashila fire in Surat, the Morbi bridge collapse, the Harni lake boat capsize, and the Rajkot gaming zone fire—which combined claimed many lives and exposed serious safety lapses—the Gujarat government seems serious in implementing new rules in the state.

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Chief Secretary Raj Kumar, and other top officials decided to amend the Gujarat Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Regulation Act-2016 during a high-level meeting convened in Gandhinagar. The suggested changes seek to increase the scope of responsibility by including top officials discovered guilty in the execution of their tasks and strengthen the implementation of safety precautions.

The revisions will provide clauses for not only severe penalties but also criminal procedures against top officials whose irresponsibility fuels such tragedies. Right now, the law’s clause permits disciplinary actions restricted to contractors, manufacturers, or lower-level supervisors. The goal is to make sure the administrative structure is also accountable, therefore encouraging a culture of vigilance and safety.

The realization that current laws, despite their comprehensiveness, are sometimes poorly enforced drives one of the main reasons behind this legislative overhaul. Preventable catastrophes resulting from this disparity in enforcement have often caused the government to look for a stronger framework forcing adherence to safety rules.

Beyond events connected to fires, the new rules will include a wider spectrum of man-made disasters including drowning, electrocutions, and other mishaps caused by human irresponsibility. But unless human negligence is a major element, the scope of the modifications will particularly exclude accidents resulting from natural disasters as earthquakes, floods, or storms.

By the next monsoon session, the Gujarat administration is ready to present a measure suggesting these changes in the legislature. Legal and statutory direction will be sought to guarantee the new clauses are thorough and enforceable. The main objective is to create an atmosphere in which the risk of man-made disasters is much reduced and safety is first priority.