India’s capital tightens hotel and guesthouse fire regulations

One bylaw bans the running of kitchens on hotel rooftops and basements

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Delhi’s government has tightened hotel and guesthouse fire regulations after two fires in a New Delhi hotel and Gujarat hotel claimed the lives of 17 guests and 21 students respectively.

The city’s new building bylaws bans properties from running kitchens on rooftops or the basement. In addition to that, the use of carpets, wooden or foam panels in passages, corridors and staircases are banned, the Times of India has reported.

The newspaper also reported that storing flammable material on rooftops or constructing temporary roofing over terraces with flammable material is illegal.
Under these bylaws, it is also mandatory for hotels to install carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, besides natural arrangements for smoke ventilation. It is also compulsory for these properties to install doors that are fire resistant and can at least resist fires for an hour.  Also, each building needs to get a no objection certificate from the fire department.

Recently, an F&B outlet in New Delhi burned down, however no injuries were recorded. Prior to that, a fire gutted down a major portion of the Grand Hotel in India’s hill-station Shimla.

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