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    India Delhi fire: Licence of factory that caught fire had expired, says EDMC

    Delhi fire: Licence of factory that caught fire had expired, says EDMC

    Earlier, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the site and announced Rs5 lakh compensation each to the families of those who died in the fire.

    New Delhi: The licence of a hardware factory in east Delhi where a massive fire broke out on Saturday morning had expired and a probe has been ordered, an official said.

    Two women and a teenager died in the blaze at the two-storeyed building in the Jhilmil Industrial Area in Shahdara, police said.

    “The license of that factory had already expired and it was not renewed,” said Ranen Kumar, deputy commissioner, factory license department, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

    In a statement, Kumar said a detailed investigation would be done.

    As per the norms, the official said, a no objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department was not required for an area measuring below 250 square metres, adding that the unit was operating in an area of 110 sqm.

    Kumar said the online license renewal facility was available with the EDMC. In the last few days, special camps were also organised for services related to renewal of license in industrial areas, he added.

    Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the site and announced Rs5 lakh compensation each to the families of those who died in the fire.

    After visiting the incident site on July 13, CM Kejriwal said, “Fire Department was able to rescue two people but failed to save three others. We will give Rs5 lakh each to the families of the deceased.”

    AAP convener had earlier tweeted on the tragic incident and said, “Shocked to know about three deaths in a factory fire in Jhilmil Industrial area. Fire Services personnel tried their best to bring the fire under control in hostile conditions. I am visiting the site with Industries Minister.”

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