NEW DELHI: New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has sealed Lodi — The Garden Restaurant and two commercial establishments in Connaught Place for violation of fire safety norms. The move comes after the Mumbai fire incident at a resto-pub on December 29 that had raised safety concerns at the commercial establishments, including eateries and restaurants, in the capital. Fourteen people had died in the Mumbai fire.
Out of the thousands of restaurants and eateries in the capital, only 400 have got a no-objection certificate (NOC) from Delhi Fire Service. Many of these facilities misuse a norm that exempts restaurants with the seating capacity of less than 50 from requiring a fire safety nod.
Following the Mumbai incident, the council deployed teams to inspect the restaurants in the high-end markets coming under its jurisdiction. A senior NDMC official said the teams had been deployed since December 30 to inspect each and every commercial establishment. Connaught Place alone has around 200 restaurants and lounges of various sizes.
They have sealed the Garden restaurant in Lodhi Garden and Playboy restaurant in Connaught Place along with a shop for not adhering to the fire safety norms. The authorities of Lodi — The Garden Restaurant and Playboy refused to comment.