An arson attack occurred at a coaching center in Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi on June 15. In response, the Delhi High Court ordered action against coaching centers that were not following the standards. The court instructed the Delhi Police, Fire Department, and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to collaborate on this issue.
Following the court’s order, the MCD sent out over 900 notifications to coaching operators in the Shahdara Southern Zone across Yamuna. The MCD sought answers from 90 coaching institutes and gave them 48 hours to respond. If the coaching operators can provide satisfactory responses and necessary paperwork, they will be allowed to continue operating. Otherwise, the MCD will take sealing action against them.
Laxmi Nagar, Shakarpur, and Mukherjee Nagar have a large number of coaching institutes for various subjects like CA, IAS, Engineering, Medical, Banking, and SSC preparation. Many of these institutes are located on narrow streets, making it difficult for vehicles to pass through. Additionally, there are engineering and medical preparation centers near Preet Vihar.
The fire in Mukherjee Nagar resulted in injuries to 60 coaching students. The fire extinguishers in the building were not functional, and the students had to use a rope to escape. As a result, the High Court ordered the closure of coaching facilities operating without the Fire Department’s NOC.
Two coaching operators were arrested by the Delhi Police but later released on bail. The MCD began sending notifications to coaching centers to determine if they were complying with the Master Plan-2021 criteria. Any center that fails to meet these criteria will face action.