Several Chandigarh hotels operating without fire safety certificates, RTI documents reveal

The response to an RTI inquiry revealed that several hotels, guesthouses, motels and restaurants are operating in Sector 43, Village of Attawa, Sector 42, Village of Burail, Sector 45, Village of Kajheri , sector 52 and the village of Daria near the station without the mandatory fire safety certificates

Only one hotel, KLG Hotels Private Limited, Sector 43, has the required permits.

The information was reviewed with the Municipal Corporation (MC) by ArriveSAFE Chairman Harman Singh Sidhu.

Speaking of the same, Sidhu said, “Owners have cut corners to maximize profits and use highly combustible materials like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and due to increased mercury levels, the risk of fires are increasing exponentially. A fire engine cannot reach many such locations due to poor access and encroachments.

He added that even a minor incident like a short circuit in one of them can cause a chain reaction leading to the loss of precious human lives in the region. Three girls lost their lives in a tragic fire in paid accommodation in February 2022, but no lesson has been learned.

Sidhu added, “While the MC turns a blind eye to these violations, visitors book these hotels through online portals, risking their lives and remaining in these powder kegs.”

He wrote to UT Councilor Dharam Pal to give the necessary instructions to take the quickest and strictest measures possible to prevent any untoward incident.

“As the MC plans to pass the Delhi Fire Service Act 2007 and formulate rules under it, violations continue unabated,” Sidhu wrote in his letter to the councilor of the UT.