LUCKNOW: Two months after fire at Hotel Levana Suites on Madan Mohan Malaviya Marg in the state capital killed four guests, including two women, the Lucknow development authority (LDA) has issued an order to demolish the four-floor structure.
At the time of fire, the hotel didn’t have proper fire safety mechanism, including exit, and the structure was erected in a residential area.
According to the copy of the LDA order issued last week to the owners of the hotel, the illegal structure has to be demolished in the next 16 days, failing which LDA will demolish the structure, and would recover the amount for demolition from hotel owners.
In the order, the LDA said sufficient chances were given to owners of Hotel Levana Suites to present their stand as to why unauthorized structure should not be razed, but the owners never turned up.
Early on September 5, a fire caused by short-circuit in the hotel had claimed four lives and left many injured. On September 7, the hotel was sealed, and its owners were arrested. LDA zonal officer Ram Shankar said, “We have issued notice to the owners of the hotel and have given a time of more than two weeks to demolish the building.
They would be given 14 days more if they fail to execute the order. However, if the owner did not raze the structure, LDA will demolish it.” Official sources had earlier told TOI that structure might be brought down with the help of a controlled blast, but other options will also be explored to raze the building without affecting neighbouring structures. “Decision on ways of demolishing the illegal hotel has not been taken yet, but the cost of demolition will be recovered as land revenue,” he added.

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