Bhubaneswar, November 23 (LocalWire): Expressing deep concern over the reports of hotels, lodging houses, and dharmashalas operating without proper fire safety systems in Puri, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has issued a notice to the district collector and sought the action taken report in this regard.
“The pilgrim town of Puri, abode of Lord Jagannath, is around 1,000 hotels, lodging houses, dharmashalas, and restaurants, besides shopping malls and complexes.
However, the majority of these places of public use are bereft of proper fire safety and prevention system,” a petition lodged with the rights panel stated.
The petition highlighted that most of the shopping malls and hotels do not have the required exit signage for evacuation during an emergency.
It further stated that while most of the lodging houses do not have fire extinguishers, fire extinguishers installed in several hotels and malls are inoperative because of non-use for a long period.
These places are allowed to run endangering public safety despite not having the mandatory no-objection certificate from the fire services wing of the state police.
The district administration has also turned a blind eye to the flagrant violation of fire safety norms by the hotels, lodging houses and other institutions, the petition stated.