Hotel gets HC relief after fire NOC suspension
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.