The High Court asks the management of Sonar Tori Hotel to stop all commercial activities from Wednesday. Credit: File Image

Agartala: For not maintaining proper fire safety measures, the High Court bench has asked the West District Administration to shut down two high-rise buildings, Hotel Sonar Tori and M L Plaza, within 24 hours.

The High Court bench consisting, Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh, passed the order on Tuesday. The order came following the absence of fire safety equipment to deal with any kind of emergency situation, including fire in both the high-rise buildings, Hotel Sonar Tori and M L Plaza, a shopping complex in the heart of the capital city.

During the hearing of the suo-muto case, the bench of the Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh directed the authorities to shut down the buildings immediately and also asked the IG Fire Services to submit a report after carrying out safety audit in both the buildings.

The ML Plaza Shopping Complex is one of the largest commercial markets in Agartala.

The court also took a dig on the authorities, questioning as to why no regular inspections were carried out by the authorities of the departments in such type of high-rise buildings across the state.

Earlier on February 13, the Rupashi Cinema Hall was shut down by the West District authorities after the owner of the cinema hall failed to submit the NoC to the authorities concerned even after receiving several notices from the authorities of West District.

The HC bench will again hear on this case on February 22 next.

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