Bhubaneswar: The state fire services department Sunday inspected city hotels to evaluate their preparedness regarding fire safety ahead of the Zero Hour celebrations.
Three different teams of fire personnel led by senior fire officers carried out the inspections, especially at the party halls in the hotels.
Hotels namely The Suryansh near Kalinga Hospital, The Presidency at Nayapalli, Kalinga Ashok at Gautam Nagar, The Empires at Sahid Nagar, Pal Heights at Jayadev Vihar, HHI at Kharavela Nagar, Royal Midtown and Arya Palace at Ashok Nagar were in the radar. The teams inspected around 31 hotels here Sunday.
According to sources, the teams detected several flaws in fire preparedness arrangements and asked the concerned hotel authorities to quickly address the issues. The teams will again conduct inspection to check whether the issues had been addressed or not.
One of the officers who led a team Sunday informed Orissa POST that action will be taken against the offenders.
Similarly, some teams of fire department carried out inspections at hotels in Puri.
New Year revellers to wind-up by midnight
Cuttack: Commissionerate Police in Cuttack has geared up all measures for the smooth conduct of New Year celebrations here and advised the city clubs and hotels to wind-up by 12 am December 31.
In a press meet here, senior police officials informed if anyone is found in an inebriated state in any public place, particularly on the roads, s/he will be taken into custody.
On the New Year’s Eve night around 12 platoons of police will be stationed at landmark places here and check vehicles.
No hotel or club can organise zero night celebration without prior permission from the Commissionerate and would have to inform the local police station about the security arrangements, said an official.
For any kind of fireworks show, the fire department has to be informed by the concerned hotel or club.
Cuttack DCP Akhilesvar Singh said, “We are leaving no stone unturned for safe New Year celebrations.”
Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) Club complex manager Subrat Samal said, “We are strictly following the guidelines issued by the Commissionerate Police and will adhere to those during our celebrations programme.”