In a new twist to Karol Bagh Hotel fire on Tuesday which claimed 17 lives, Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain has alleged that the owner of the hotel have connection with the BJP.
Jain, while speaking to media, on Friday, also accused the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for failing to notice the illegal construction. He said since the owner is a BJP leader hence no action is being taken. This shows that all these hotels are functioning by paying money to politicians.
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Mr. Jain said “It is important to follow norms. MCD is allowing the illegal construction of such hotels by taking bribes. Even the owner of Arpit Hotel has not been arrested. AAP, however, will make all these hotels comply with fire norms or will shut them down.”
Jain said that the Delhi government has ordered fire safety audit. Subsequently, fire NOC’s of as many as 30 hotels have been withdrawn.
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He said “Karol Bagh fire was a tragic incident. In two days, 45 hotels were checked and fire NOC’s of 30 hotels were canceled. MCD and police have been apprised of this development and hopefully these hotels will be shut down at the earliest”.
In the early hours of last Tuesday, a massive fire broke out in Hotel Arpit Palace in Delhi’s Karol Bagh killing 17 people and injuring 11 others. Delhi Fire Department rescued as many as 35 people from the hotel.