Safety concerns: More than 100 Delhi hotels have licenses suspended

by | Mar 14, 2019 | News

The wave of suspensions comes after the deadly fire at a Delhi hotel which claimed 17 lives.

Less than a week after a fire at a hotel there claimed the lives of 17 people, Delhi Fire Services (DFS) moved to suspend the licenses of 105 hotels operating in the Karol Bagh area of central Delhi, officials said.

“As part of an ongoing drive to suspend licences of hotels running in Karol Bagh area in violation of the safety rules issued by the fire department, we have inspected 145 hotels of which licences of 105 have been suspended,” a fire services official told India news service, IANS.

Wide-scale inspections

Currently, records show there are roughly 300 hotels operating in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area. The DFS team, officials said, will inspect each one of those properties.

The fact that they’ve already suspended the licenses of 105 operators is obviously significant, given that number is more than one third of the properties in the area.

Consequently, the news paints a picture of widespread safety concerns throughout the hotel industry there.

The impetus for this enforcement was last week’s lethal fire.

Aftermath of the fire

The fire which claimed the lives of 17 happened at Hotel Arpit Palace on February 12.

This property is in the heart of the congested Karol Bagh area. In addition to those who perished, 35 more people had to be rescued from the flames.

In the aftermath of the fire, the Delhi Police Crime Branch department arrested the hotel’s owner.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Karol Bagh area is a mixed one, consisting of both residential and commercial properties, with the commercial development having been added in recent years.

The nearby neighbourhood is known for its shopping avenues, including the Ghaffar Market and Ajmal Khan Road.

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