NHRC seeks report on Delhi hotel fire

NHRC seeks report on Delhi hotel fire

A view of Hotel Arpit Palace, which caught fire early Tuesday morning, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of the Delhi hotel fire tragedy in which at least 17 people were killed, calling for a detailed report from the Delhi government on the incident and the action taken against “the errant officials.”

Issuing a notice to the Delhi chief secretary, the rights panel also called for an immediate constitution of a committee of experts to look into the matter relating to violation of norms by hotel owners, shopkeepers, other business establishments and individuals who are engaged in commercial activities in the residential colonies “and encouraging encroachment of public roads by recourse to illegal parking.”

“The committee should examine all the issues thoroughly and submit a report along with their suggestions to streamline these areas, making them safe and worth living for the citizens. The response is expected, within six weeks,” the commission sought.

Coming down heavily on the authorities, the right panel noted that it seemed they had not learnt any lessons from the tragic incidents occurred in the recent past in the national capital.