Indian Citizen Council (ICC), an umbrella residents' body, on Thursday wrote to Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for housing and urban affairs, about encroachment of empty spaces at malls and public schools across Delhi-NCR.
ICC complained that facilities developed for common citizens at malls and schools in Delhi-NCR are being commercially exploited by owners of these places.
Prashant Tyagi, General Secretary of ICC, wrote a letter to the Union Minister highlighting that basements in private schools have turned into classrooms for junior students, which is violation of rules. By doing this, the management of school is putting safety of the children at stake.
He said, "An incident of fire breakout was reported from the basement of a school in Noida last month. Luckily, children were saved as they were not present during the incident. Otherwise, there would have been a great loss which we would have not imagined.''
Further, he said, "The situation at malls is very serious. Stalls and kiosks are being set up at empty spaces and basements.
He complained that the operators rent out these places to individuals for commercial activities which cause congestion and inconvenience to the visitors.
He added, “The stalls and kiosks cause so much congestion that if there is some emergency, visitors won't be able to move out of the place. Therefore, concerned officers from the respective department should be directed to initiate appropriate action against owners of schools and malls.”