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Delhi govt ignoring violation of rules set down by fire dept: Gupta

New Delhi: The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta on Wednesday said that the Delhi government is ignoring violation of rules set down by the Fire Department, by turning a blind eye to instances where the rules are being flouted. "These instructions have become only a heap of papers. If the Delhi administration does not wake up from the incident of fire in Tents at Netaji Subhash Place on Monday night, it would be very painful," he said.

Gupta has demanded that the administration take this matter seriously and set about taking strict steps to save people from fire accidents. He said that if there are flaws in the existing rules, these should be plugged and their strict adherence should be ensured. Moreover, he urged the

administration to take strict measures against officials

who fail to implement these rules.

Expressing his anger over the serious incident of fire at two pandals in Netaji Subhash Place late on Monday night, Gupta said that this incident could have turned fatal.

The MLA from Rohini added that a similar accident had taken place in Ashok Vihar in 1983, in which entire families were killed. He said that thousands of temporary structures are erected in various parts of the capital for

weddings and social functions but no fire safety arrangements are made at these sites. "Either the rules and guidelines made by the Delhi Administration for fire safety at such Pandals are insufficient or these rules are not followed by the Tent Mafia in connivance with the officials," he said.

Referencing the recent fire at a restaurant in Karol Bagh where 17 people lost their lives, Gupta claimed that after the incident many hotels in the area were found to be flouting fire safety rules. "The administration in Delhi has neither learned a lesson and nor is it getting serious about them," he said.

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