The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is examining the directions issued by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), to cancel the licence of hotel Vivanta by Taj-Ambassador Hotel in Lutyens’ Delhi, after the DPCC found ‘certain violations’ in the operating norms during a recent inspection, officials said, on May 22, 2018. A team of the DPCC had conducted an inspection at the posh hotel on May 9, 2018, days after three men had died of inhaling toxic gases, after being trapped inside a sewage treatment plant (STP) of the prime commercial property.
“During the inspection, we had found certain violations in the norms, which need to be adhered to retain the licence to operate. So, we have sent directions to the NDMC, to cancel the licence of the hotel,” a senior official of the DPCC said, on condition of anonymity. Besides, it has also directed the civic body to disconnect the electricity and water supply, unless corrective measures are taken for fixing the operation of their STP.
A senior official of the NDMC, when contacted, said: “We are examining the order and will take further action in accordance with the norms.” A hotel spokesperson, however, said, they have taken steps, as advised. “Pursuant to the notice received, we were advised to install an alternative treatment plant. This has subsequently been installed and specific approvals are awaited. We will continue to cooperate with the authorities,” a Vivanta Ambassador spokesperson said.