490 hotel owners in Thane yet to submit forms for NOC
Around 490 hoteliers have merely collected the forms from the fire department, but not a single form has been submitted.mumbai Updated: Jan 18, 2018 00:54 IST
The deadline given to the hotel owners to comply with fire-safety norms will end on Saturday but the fire department of Thane Municipal Corporation has not received a single application. Hotel owners had demanded more time to get the documents in place and the TMC extended the deadline.
Around 490 hoteliers have merely collected the forms from the fire department, but not a single form has been submitted.
Chief fire officer of TMC Shashikant Kale said, “Around 490 hoteliers have taken the fire no-objection certificate (NOC) forms, but we have not received even one. We will not extend the deadline.”
The hotel association has cited the stringent checklist set by the department to get a NOC. The NOC form has a checklist of 19 points which the hotels will have to fulfill.
Navin Shetty, a member of hotel owners’ association, said, “We conduct fire audits every two years. Obtaining an NOC is simply a technical formality. There are clauses like keeping a sand bucket every 100 sqf area in the hotel. A 1,000 sqft hotel will need 24 sand buckets. Imagine people dining near sand buckets. The FDA rules do not allow sand buckets in dining area.”
After the fire in a Mumbai restaurant which claimed 14 lives, the TMC is tightening screws on hotels flouting fire-safety norms. It gave several deadlines to the hotels, pubs, bars and lounges to comply with the norms and get an NOC from the fire department. All warnings were ignored and the civic chief decided to start sealing errant hotels.
Kale said the rules are simple to follow. “All the points are simple fire-safety measures such as keeping passages free of obstruction, having an access road for fire tenders to the hotel, installing fire extinguishers and sand buckets at every 100 sqft in the hotel, have two entry and exit point for the kitchen and dining area and kitchen should have adequate exhaust. None of these are non-achievable,” he said.
According to Shetty, sand buckets are required only near electric meter boxes and fire extinguishers. “There are also clauses related to furnishings inside the hotels and the use of gas cylinders or piped gas. Not all hotels can comply to all these norms though we are doing our best to follow it,” he added.
First Published: Jan 18, 2018 00:54 IST