Interior Ministry introduces draft bill to improve building fire safety

10/21/2021 09:19 PM
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Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) The Ministry of the Interior Thursday approved a draft amendment to the Condominium Administration Act, which, if passed by the Legislative Yuan, will mandate the creation of management committees for unsafe and old buildings built before 1995.

Following a deadly fire in Kaohsiung last week, which killed 46 people and injured many more, the safety of old buildings in Taiwan has attracted much attention. However, the act, which was passed in 1995, does not apply retroactively to buildings built before that year.

At present, 66 percent of buildings built before 1995 have reported to the Interior Ministry and have a management committee or a manager. However, 8,506 buildings have so far not established such a committee, according to the ministry's Construction and Planning Agency.

The draft amendment will require all old buildings to create a management committee or elect a manager within a set time limit. The municipal and county/city government will subsidize the cost of doing so, according to a release issued by the ministry Thursday.

A management committee or a manager is responsible for repairs, the management and maintenance of public sanitation, fire safety equipment and related facilities in buildings.

The amendment also requires the management committee draft a maintenance plan, take out public liability insurance and list punitive measures, to improve the living quality of residents, the ministry said.

Standards for the recognition of unsafe and old buildings are yet to be announced.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Ken Wang)

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