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Kamala Mills fire: BMC targets illegal structures in Mumbai

Kamala Mills fire: BMC targets illegal structures in Mumbai

After the tragic incident in which 14 lives were lost in the fire in a knee-jerk reaction, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) launched a demolition drive against illegal structures in Kamala Mills area of Mumbai on Saturday.

The second FIR has been registered by Mumbai Police in connection with the Kamala Mills fire that killed 14 people in Mumbai.

"The manager and other staff of the pub ran away from the spot without helping those injured in the blaze", police said.

Meanwhile, Social, which was mentioned by BMC as one of the restaurants/pubs whose illegal extensions were demolished yesterday, has stated that it has no property in the Kamala Mills area and that its name was incorrectly mentioned by the civic body.

Continuing its mass demolition drive across the city, BMC's ward-level teams had inspected 616 restaurants, of which 357 faced action or demolition until 7.30 pm on Sunday.

The fire in a Mumbai pub that claimed 14 lives has raised concerns of safety at thousands of eateries and restaurants in the national capital as just 400 of them have an NOC from the Delhi Fire Service. "Even if one is going to a crowded restaurant, they should ask the hotel representatives whether there are proper fire exits and fire-fighting measures in place", a fire official said.

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Civic authorities mentioned that officials failed to fulfil their duty, and thus, were suspended. It is also speculated that the fire could have started in Mojo's Bistro, where bartenders would regularly put on a show, which involved fire.

Action was also taken against some restaurants in Andheri, the official said.

After the Kamala Mills incident, Maharashtra's Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis has ordered that all shops violating the norms must be demolished.

A number of fires occurred in eateries and buildings in India past year mainly due to lack of regards for safety norms and fire-fighting equipment, like hosepipes and alarm systems.

The massive fire reportedly had broken out from the "1Above" rooftop restaurant and later spread to the entire area on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief.

"The buildings were found to be flouting basic safety norms such as encroachment on common passages, blockage of staircases, dysfunctional fire-fighting systems while water from fire tanks was being used for domestic purposes", said a senior officer.


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