Meerut (UP): The posh shopping mall here, which was devastated by a raging inferno on Monday, had been given safety clearance by local fire authorities despite several illegal extensions in the complex violating the initial construction plan, a top official said on Tuesday.

Civic authorities had ordered demolition of the illegal extensions inside the PVS Mall as early as September last year but its owners had managed to get a stay from the Allahabad High Court.

``The mall owners were issued a show cause notice by the district administration since there was deviation from the initial plan in the construction of the building,'' Meerut Divisional Commissioner Dev Dutt told a Press conference here.

He said authorities had issued fire safety notices to all constructions in the Meerut circle in the wake of the Victoria Park fire in April which claimed several lives and the Chief Fire Officer has certified the fire safety measures taken by the mall owners.

The fire had broken out at the PVS Mall in Shastri Nagar area of the town on Monday night due to suspected short circuit but there was no casualty. One portion of the three-storey building which has a super market was damaged almost completely while the other side that houses multiplex has no major damages.

``A major tragedy was averted due the timely action by the civic authorities as the basement of the mall, where the fire broke out, also stored a 300 KV power generator and petrol and diesel tanks,'' Mr. Dutt said.

The Additional District Magistrate has been asked to conduct an inquiry and he will be assisted by Superintendent Engineers PWD and Power. -- PTI