Frequently Asked Questions

Q. 1 What is a boiler ?
Ans.Boiler is a closed vessel in which steam is generated for use external to itself but does not include a pressure vessel, if,
  • (i) Capacity less than 25 litres, or
  • (ii) Design & working pressure less than 1 Kg/cm2, or
  • (iii) Water is heated below 100°C
(If any of the above condition is fulfilled then the vessel is not a boiler)
Q. 2 Is it necessary to get the boiler registered ?
Ans.Yes. As per section 7 of Boilers Act – 1923 it is mandatory to get the boiler registered.
Q. 3 What is the procedure of registration of a boiler?
Ans.Inspecting Authority of manufacturing State issues drawings and certificates (Form-II, III, IV-A & III-C) of boilers. Application for registration of boiler alongwith above documents, fee for registration through challan & ownership undertaking are to be submitted to Boiler Inspectorate. In case of big boilers requiring assembly & welding at site, details of appropriate class of boiler erector with consent letter & technical capability is also to be submitted.

Boiler Inspectorate shall carryout inspection & necessary tests within 30 days from the date of receipt of application & shall permit use of boiler from the date of inspection.

Q. 4 What is the procedure for transfer of a boiler installed in other State & its further use in Chhattisgarh ?
Ans.An application is to be submitted to Boiler Inspectorate, Chhattisgarh for transfer of a boiler from other State for installation & its use in Chhattisgarh. Alongwith application name of State from which transfer is sought, registry number of boiler, document in proof of purchase (money receipt/bill etc.) and ownership undertaking are to be submitted. After receipt of application, Memorandum of Inspection & Registration book are obtained from concerned Boiler Inspectorate & then ownership of boiler is recorded in favour of the applicant. Thereafter inspection & testing is carriedout & boiler is permitted for use from the date of inspection & testing.
Q. 5 What is the validity period of certificate of a boiler ?
Ans.Certificate of boiler is issued for a period of one year from the date of inspection after carrying out inspection/tests prescribed as per technical standards laid down in Indian Boiler Regulations – 1950 (IBR – 1950).
Q. 6 Is it mandatory to get the boiler inspected every year? Whether inspection can be offered before the due date ?
Ans.Section 6(c) of Boilers Act – 1923 prohibits use of a boiler after expiry of validity of its certificate. Hence, it is mandatory to get the boiler inspected after expiry of validity period. If plant is forced shutdown due to other reasons, inspection of boiler can be arranged during the period of shutdown; i.e. before the validity of the certificate so that boiler may not be stopped again for annual inspection.
Q. 7 Is it necessary to get the boiler inspected from Boiler Inspectorate ?
Ans.No. As per “Ease of Doing Business” policy of Government of India & Industrial Policy 2014-19 of Chhattisgarh Government; self certification scheme of boiler has been introduced by Chhattisgarh Government vide notification dated. 20-03-2015. Owners of boilers may opt for this scheme.
Q. 8 What are salient features of ‘Self Certification” scheme of Chhattisgarh Government ?
Ans.Few salient features are:-
  • (i) All Boiler Operation Engineers (BOE) are authorised for inspection of boilers. No further registration of BOE is required for this scheme.
  • (ii) Owner of a boiler may carry out inspection through his BOE or may get services of any BOE employed in other industry.
  • (iii) Owner of boiler may submit certificate to Boiler Inspectorate through online means within seven days & Boiler Inspectorate shall acknowledge & return the certificate to owner of boiler within seven days after entry in official records.
  • (iv) No permission/clearance/approval is required for repairs or renewals in a boiler as the BOE is also authorised to ensure proper repairs or renewals.
Q. 9 Whether boiler has to be stopped if application for inspection of boiler is submitted before due date but Boiler Inspectorate does not fix a date for inspection?
Ans.As per provision of section 8(4) of the Boilers Act – 1923 Boiler Inspectorate has to carry out inspection within 15 days from the date of receipt of application. If Boiler Inspectorate does not carry out inspection then owner of boiler is entitled to use the boiler as per section 10(1) of the Act.
Q. 10 Whether annual inspection of a boiler is compulsory if boiler is not to be used in future ?
Ans.A valid certificate is mandatory for use of a boiler. If boiler is not to be use in future after expiry of validity, then annual inspection of boiler is not necessary. It is desirable to intimate to Boiler Inspectorate for not using the boiler in future.
Q. 11 What is the procedure to declare a boiler as condemned ?
Ans.Unserviceable boiler has to be cut into pieces & scrapped so that same can not be illegally used. Such scrapped boiler should be offered for physical inspection so that its registration may be cancelled & all States may be intimated.
Q. 12 Under what circumstances a boiler with valid certificate can not be used ?
Ans.A boiler with valid certificate can not be used under following circumstances:-
  • (i) When any accident occurs to the boiler.
  • (ii) When boiler is shifted from its place to other place (not applicable for portable boiler or boiler less than 20 square metre of heating surface area).
  • (iii) When any alteration, addition or renewal is made.
  • (iv) When Chief Inspector directs to make any alteration, addition or renewal.
  • (v) When an order is sent by Boiler Inspectorate to owner that boiler or steam pipe line are in dangerous condition.
Q. 13 Whether prior approval is required for carrying out any repairs to boiler or pipe line. If Yes, why?
Ans.Save as provided in notification dated. 20-03-2015, it is compulsory to take prior approval as per provision of section 12 & 13 of Act to carry out any repairs to boiler or pipe line so as to ensure quality of workmanship & use of standard material for the safety of boiler.
Q. 14 What action is required after accident in a boiler ?
Ans.As per provision of section 18 of the Act, intimation of accident with full details must be submitted within 24 hours to Boiler Inspectorate & damaged boiler should not be used. Boiler Inspectorate shall carry out investigation & shall propose necessary repairs. After carrying out suggested repairs, inspection & necessary tests of boiler shall be carried out and boiler shall be permitted for further use.
Q. 15 What is steam pipe line ?
Ans.“Steam pipe” means any pipe through which steam passes if
  • (i) the pressure at which steam passes through such pipe exceeds 3.5 Kg/cm2 above atmospheric pressure, or
  • (ii) such pipe exceeds 254 millimetre in internal diameter and pressure of steam exceeds 1.0 Kg/cm2 above atmospheric pressure
and includes in either of the above cases any connected fitting of steam pipe.
Q. 16 Whether it is compulsory to get prior approval for drawing of steam pipe line before installation. If yes, why ?
Ans.Prior approval for drawing of steam pipe line is compulsory. As per requirement of service conditions (steam pressure & temperature), the design of pipe line & its material specification, gradient, drainage, support, arrangement of isolation for safety and capacity of safety valves etc. are checked as per technical standards prescribed in IBR-1950. Thus, the safety of pipe line is ensured so that it may not explode during use.
Q. 17 Whether it is compulsory to engage recognized boiler erector or boiler repairer for erection of a new boiler or repairs to a boiler ?
Ans.As per provision of regulation 392 of IBR – 1950 it is compulsory to engage a recognized boiler erector or boiler repairer of appropriate class. Recognised boiler erector or boiler repairer have experienced engineers, technicians, certified welders, proper tools/tackles and internal quality control system to ensure the quality of workmanship.
Q. 18 Whether any welder can be deployed for welding in boiler or pipe line ?
Ans.No. As per provision of chapter 13 of IBR – 1950 welders are tested and certified for various grades of material & various test positions. Only appropriate class of welder having valid certificate can be deployed for welding work.
Q. 19 What is the validity period of certificate of a welder ?
Ans.After successful test for a particular grade of material & welding position, certificate is issued for a period of two years. Welder may again appear for test for renewal of his certificate on or after expiry of validity of his certificate.
Q. 20 Whether any engineer or operator can be engaged for operation of a boiler ?
Ans.No. As per provision of section 6(e) of the Act only certified Boiler Operation Engineers/Boiler Attendants are authorised to operate a boiler with following limitations:-
Operation of boiler upto 200 Sq.metre heating surface area - By Second Class Boiler Attendant
Operation of boiler upto 1000 Sq.metre heating surface area - By First Class Boiler Attendant
Operation of boiler above 1000 Sq.metre heating surface area - By Boiler Operation Engineer(BOE)
Q. 21 Who conducts the examinations for Boiler Attendants & Boiler Operation Engineers ?
Ans.Chhattisgarh Government has constituted Board of Examiners to conduct examinations for Boiler Attendants & Boiler Operation Engineers. Persons with minimum qualification & experience in boilers as prescribed in rules may appear in the examination. Chhattisgarh Boiler Inspectorate conducts examinations every year for Second Class Boiler Attendants, First Class Boiler Attendants & Boiler Operation Engineers.
Q. 22 Whether persons passed in examination of Boiler Attendants or Boiler Operation Engineers from State other than Chhattisgarh can work on boilers installed in Chhattisgarh & whether their certificates are recognized in Chhattisgarh State ?
Ans.Yes. As per rules any person possessing certificate issued by other State is required to submit his original certificate in Boiler Inspectorate, Chhattisgarh, which is duly endorsed & returned.
Q. 23 Where an appeal can be filed if a person is aggrieved by an order issued by Inspector under the Boilers Act – 1923?
Ans.If a person is aggrieved by an order of an Inspector he can file an appeal within 30 days from the date of issue of order to the Chief Inspector as per provision of section 19 of the Act. In case the person is not satisfied with the order of Chief Inspector, he may file an appeal to Central Government within 30 days against the order of Chief Inspector as per provision of section 20 of the Act.
Q. 24 What is the head of revenue to deposit fee through challan ?
Ans.Fee for all activities under Boilers Act – 1923 and rules/regulations framed thereunder is to be deposited through challan in following head of revenue:_
0230 – Labour & Employment
00 00 - ---------------
103 - Fees for inspection of steam boilers (state)
0000 - ---------------
Q. 25 What are contact details of Boiler Inspectorate Chhattisgarh ?
Ans.Office of Chief Inspector of Boilers
Second Floor, Udyog Bhawan
Ring Road 1, Telibandha
Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Pin:- 492001.
Tel.No. 0771-2227798

Names & Mobile Numbers:-
  • Gunjan Shukla Chief Inspector of Boilers - Mob. 09424144267
  • Fanindra Kumar Bhoi Senior Inspector of Boilers - Mob.07879393877
  • Ujjawal Gupta Inspector of Boilers - Mob.09926948850
  • Nitin Bajpai Inspector of Boilers - Mob.9472914530
  • Kundan Raj Inspector of Boilers - Mob.9406085612
  • Anil Kumar Minj Inspector of Boilers - Mob.7869466221
  • Dwarika Verma Inspector of Boilers - Mob.9179019102