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200 hotels in Karol Bagh are ticking time bombs

NEW DELHI: Around 200 motels clustered on Tank Road and Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh are ticking time bombs. While they all had controlled to acquire fire safety clearances, they were discovered flouting laws rampantly. From rooftop eating places to bars within the basement, many of the owners have built wooden floors and fibre glass ceilings to compete with every different.
Fire officials stated that the owners follow for NOCs mentioning the motels as guesthouses. “Hotel Arpit Palace had clearances only for rooms, not for kitchen or eating place. The owners had built those constructions after receiving the certificates,” stated Atul Garg, leader fire officer, Delhi Fire Service.

Residents stated that in recent years a series of spas had spawned on Tank Road beside those motels. Fire officials stated none of them had approached the department for fire safety clearance.

“We cannot deny that laws are flouted regularly, however we instruct lodge owners to fulfill the norms. Unless there is a mishap, no person bothers about the laws. From now on, we can be strict regarding flouting of fire norms,” stated Sandeep Khandelwal, president of Karol Bagh lodge owners’ association.

Ajay Vinayak, a lodge proprietor, stated that the majority establishments have installed fire hydrants, however some of them flout the norms to get extra out of the restricted house. “We cannot bodily conduct assessments, however stay alerting them about safety. This twist of fate is an eye-opener for us all,” he added.

Most of the constructions through which the massive motels are operating are greater than 30 years outdated, stated fire officials. Some of them were sanctioned as residential constructions and later transformed to industrial. However, no adjustments were made to the constructions apart from brief beautification. Fire safety drills also are infrequently conducted. The inspections conducted via municipal officials are mere eyewash, locals alleged.

An RTI filed via a resident in 2018 printed that 139 motels didn’t have the considered necessary fire clearances. Moreover, cylinders and cooking equipment were stored at the terraces.

Meanwhile, Balan Mani, vice-president of Delhi Hotel Association, stated, “A fireplace within the ducting ended in the blaze spreading to all rooms. All norms were adopted and a licence used to be issued handiest after inspection. Mishaps can occur in a house as smartly.”

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