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Gautam Gambhir slams callous regulators after Karol Bagh fire

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Former India and Delhi cricketer Gautam Gambhir has hit out at the regulators in the aftermath of the tragic fire at Hotel Arpit Palace in the capital’s Karol Bagh area early Tuesday (February 12) morning. As it stands, the fire has claimed lives of 17 people with nine injured and the toll could rise.

The cricketer stated the hotel is near Gautam Gambhir Foundation’s office and was aware of the rules and regulations being ignored in the name of commercial interests. He tweeted, “It’s so sad to see the callousness of regulators with regards to building laws being traded with loss of human lives. This hotel is right next to the GGF office and I know first hand how parking rules, building laws are conveniently flouted for commercial interests. Disgusting.”

At least 25 fire tenders responded to a call at 4.30 am to conduct rescue operations. Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. While 13 bodies were shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, the remaining four were taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College and BLK Hospital.

Delhi Minister Satyendra Jain said, “According to building bylaws, buildings cannot be over four-storeys (parking & four storeys) in this area. But I found several constructions across the area in complete violation of the norms. I have ordered the fire department to review all the buildings and submit daily reports starting today. Buildings that have violated the norms will be sealed. There are brazen violations here (in this area).”

The four-storey hotel, which had 35 rooms, was completely booked by a family which was in Delhi for a function, informed Delhi Fire Services chief Atul Garg.