Taking a cue from Mumbai’s Kamla Mills fire tragedy, which had blazed a Bistro and a pub causing 14 deaths, in December last year, Zomato is now adding a ‘fire safety’ check on the restaurants listed on the platform. In a blog post, Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO of Zomato wrote that the company is working with restaurants to put up fire safety license scans on Zomato.
He writes that only a handful of restaurants have this information available on Zomato currently, and the company is actively reaching out to more businesses to furnish their fire safety licenses.
Restaurant owners, who want to get their fire safety license displayed on Zomato, can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org; and for restaurants which fail to furnish their fire safety certificates, Zomato is going to put a “Denied” symbol on their pages, so that users know that that restaurant failed to share their fire safety certificate with the restaurant listing and food delivery company.
Fire Safety Norms in India
Most restaurants in India ‘technically’ need a fire license to start operating. Depending on local/state guidelines, the country has some rules for fire safety. For instance, in Delhi, eateries with a seating capacity of more than 50 require fire clearance and certificate. According to National Building Code of India, the code is same for other eateries in India. Restaurants, pubs etc need to have a safe exit or evacuation of occupants from a building requires a safe path of escape from the fire or other hazardous events.