You probably didn’t know that the pubs and restaurants in the posh Khan Market have been operating for years without a fire safety clearance. Now, the Delhi Fire Services are going to soon start a fresh inspection at this popular marketplace.
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The posh food hub that is Khan Market, comes under the jurisdiction of the New Delhi municipal Corporation (NDMC). Currently, the Delhi Fire Services is awaiting building plans from the civic agency so they can start with the inspections.
The eateries here will have to make proper arrangements for the inspection. As it is, most of the restaurants have been built on the first floor, which was chalked out for residential purposes. These restaurants are also supposed to have separate entry and exit points as fire safety arrangements.
Formerly, one could be granted a fire safety certificate on the basis of seating capacity. Any restaurant that had a capacity of seating less than 50 people didn’t need one. But now, the seating capacity will be calculated on the basis of area, and the arrangements will have to be made accordingly.
Out of over 40 restaurants, bars, and pubs in Khan Market, only a handful have the required fire safety clearance. This inspection has been triggered because the Delhi High Court had questioned authorities by pointing out that these restaurants that operate out of the first floor in this bustling marketplace are a fire accident waiting to happen.
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