Ho­tel gets HC re­lief af­ter fire NOC sus­pen­sion

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New Delhi: A city ho­tel on Tues­day ap­proached Delhi high court seek­ing fire safety clear­ance, which was sus­pended by Delhi Fire Ser­vices (DFS) fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion last week.

Jus­tice Navin Chawla granted par­tial re­lief to Ho­tel Royal Plaza by restor­ing its liquor and lodg­ing li­cence, which were also sus­pended by the ex­cise depart­ment and Delhi Po­lice fol­low­ing can­cel­la­tion of the fire NOC.

The ho­tel gave an un­der­tak­ing that it will com­ply with fire safety norms and re­move within 10 days the de­fi­cien­cies pointed out by DFS in its in­spec­tion re­port. The court has asked DFS to con­duct a fresh in­spec­tion on Oc­to­ber 12 to ver­ify if the com­pli­ance with fire safety and pre­ven­tion norms has been done. The next hear­ing is on Oc­to­ber 17.

Ap­pear­ing for the state gov­ern­ment, stand­ing coun­sel Ramesh Singh told the court that fire NOC sus­pen­sion can­not be re­voked till the ho­tel rec­ti­fies all the short­com­ings in­di­cated by DFS, which had slapped a no­tice af­ter its in­spec­tion on Septem­ber 23.

In its plea, the ho­tel sub­mit­ted it will not only com­ply with fire re­quire­ments, but also keep shut a club run­ning in its premises till DFS cer­ti­fies it to be fit. How­ever, it com­plained that due to the sud­den sus­pen­sion of fire clear­ance, the ho­tel had run into prob­lems as other depart­ments had im­me­di­ately re­voked their li­cence, in­clud­ing sus­pen­sion of lodg­ing and board­ing and ban on serv­ing liquor.

DFS and Delhi Po­lice have tight­ened scru­tiny fol­low­ing the fire tragedy at Ho­tel Ar­pit Palace in Karol Bagh ear­lier this year in which 17 peo­ple were killed. HC had suo motu ini­ti­ated a PIL on the is­sue of fire safety af­ter the in­ci­dent and is monitoring steps taken by Delhi gov­ern­ment, cor­po­ra­tions and po­lice fol­low­ing charges of il­le­gal­ity that led to the fire in the ho­tel.

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