While we may pride ourselves in the fact that Gurgaon is the fastest growing hub, in all areas of entertainment and corporates, the safety part is still in need of an overhaul. “The faster you climb, the quicker you fall” seems to have turned into reality for the city…. In a bid to quicken the process of development, Gurgaon’s real estate biggies seemed to have tread a tad faster than they should have…. putting markets and malls in the line of fire… along with the livelihood of hundreds of shop owners!
The Qutub Plaza complex in DLF Phase 1, one of the most popular markets in the city, faces the risk of being shut as the market has failed to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department even 31 years after it was established. Besides, the corridors of the market were also encroached by vendors at many points on the ground floor…. double breach! My first thought…. NO!
Spread across two acres, the Qutub Plaza complex has a daily footfall of 2,000-2,500, and has 480 properties including commercial offices, restaurants, banks and shops… yet, the safety concerns loom heavily over it. Apart from a few fire extinguishers, no other fire fighting equipment as water hydrants, hose pipe, sprinkler system, smoke detectors, and sand buckets have ever been installed at the 3 decade old complex!
The fire department, which comes under the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), warned of a closure of the market if safety norms were not complied with. Last week, the MCG got an approval from the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) to seal the complex… a last attempt at saving it will be acted upon by the fire department by issuing a final notice, giving a leeway of 1 month for the complex to act!
Besides Qutub Plaza, MCG has been given approval for sealing Vyapar Kendra in Sushant Lok 1, Scottish Mall on Sohna Road, and Ultra Home Construction Private Limited in IMT Manesar.
Is Gurgaon in reverse gear?