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150 guest houses in Delhi shut for violating fire safety norms
Feb 27, 2019
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government has cancelled the fire safety certificates of over 150 guest houses in Karol Bagh after 17 people were killed in a fire in Hotel Arpit Palace in the area on February 12, the Assembly was informed on Wednesday.

Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said, "The places, after cancellation of certificate, are not operational." He said six teams were formed to inspect the guest houses in Karol Bagh. "These teams are conducting raids and about 200 guest houses have been inspected. Certificates of about 150 of them were cancelled," Jain said.

Jain said the fire department will intensify drive in the city to find out illegal constructions and hotels violating fire safety norms.

"The raids, being conducted in Karol Bagh at present, will be extended to other parts of the city as well," he said.

Ten amendments have been made in the Delhi building bylaws 2016 to ensure safety. These relate to rooftops, basements, passages and exit routes, he said.

"All existing and future guest houses must install carbon monoxide smoke alarms, fire doors on each floor and remove all kinds of combustible materials from passages, exit routes and rooftops," he said.

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