Several of the fire victims who were rescued from Arpit Palace hotel in Karol Bagh are recuperating in Sir Gangaram, Lady Hardinge, BLK and other hospitals even as police arrested 2 for the incident in which 17 persons died. The incident has brought out the gross negligence of officials who overlooked the operational lacunae existing. Several such hotels and guest houses could face the same fate if urgent steps are not taken, said experts.
The fire fighting equipment in the hotel was not working and despite taking the NOC the hotel management had carried out illegal constructions made of wood, it has emerged. Why no authority including the police and civic officials overlooked this fact is a significant question.