50 hotels get notice from Delhi Fire Safety Department for lack of proper safety measures

Over 50 hotels face fear of closure due to lack of proper safety measures after DFSD issues notice

Most of the hotels and guests houses served with the notice period. Hotels in Karol Bagh, Paharganj and Mahipalpur areas take a hit

NEW DELHI: Several hoteliers and guest house operators in the capital are worried. A new notice issued by the Delhi Fire Safety Department may result in closure of a lot of these establishments. The closure comes due to lack of required safety measures. Following the fire department notification. Following the fire department notification,the local civic body has also sent notices to owners of 50 guest houses. They are being asked to either put necessary measures in place or risk closure.

All the guest houses are located in Karol Bagh, Paharganj, etc. These are extremely congested areas. The notice was issued after a fire broke out in Arpit Palace, a hotel in Karol Bagh. The fire claimed the life of 17 guests, including children.

“We met chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and health minister , Satyendra Jain, seeking some more assurance in the matter. However, all we got were hollow assurances. There’s no option left for us but to close our establishments,” Arun Gupta, general secretary, Delhi Hotel Association, said.

The hotel owners in Chandni Chowk, Paharganj and Karol Bagh recently met the CM due to the concern surrounding No Objection Certificates (NoC) from the fire department and borewell charges.

Most of the NoCs were issued before 2007. They were based on the guidelines in the Delhi Master Plan 2021, for special areas. These guest houses were reviewed on the basis of rules that were in force at the time the NoCs were granted. However, these rules are under review after the hotel fire.


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