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No clarity if they need fire clearance: NDMC to HC

After the Uphaar case, officials of the NDMC are sitting up. There is now a clear opinion that we have to take action, said NDMC counsel Anil Grover.

New Delhi |
Updated: August 27, 2015 2:36:16 am

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) may consider withdrawing health clearance of restaurants which do not have clearance from the Delhi Fire Services, the civic body’s counsel told the Delhi High court on Wednesday.

“After the Uphaar case, officials of the NDMC are sitting up. There is now a clear opinion that we have to take action,” said NDMC counsel Anil Grover.

He said there was confusion about the course of action to be taken since the rules currently in place “nowhere stated what happens to places with less than 50 seating capacity”.

The submissions were made during the hearing on a plea filed by the Khan Market Traders Association, which has sought court orders to implement a redevelopment plan for the market.

Grover also submitted a copy of a note prepared by NDMC officials, which stated that a letter issued by the home department of the Delhi government in 2005 — which had made it mandatory for restaurants to obtain clearance from the fire department — “is silent on whether restaurants with a seating capacity of less than 50 would enjoy immunity from fire clearance”.

The note said there was no statutory provision which granted immunity to restaurants with less than 50 seating capacity from the requirement of getting fire clearance, but a clarification was needed from the home department.

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