Mumbai fire that killed 14 exposes huge safety violations

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Mumbai fire that killed 14 exposes huge safety violations

A day after fire at Mumbai's Kamala Mills claimed 14 lives and injured several others, the Mumbai Police has issued a lookout notice against all three accused.

The blaze erupted at the 1 Above rooftop restaurant just after midnight Friday at a building in the popular Kamala Mills shopping compound.

Earlier in the day, King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital Dean Dr Avinash Supe said nearly all the deaths had happened due to asphyxiation and the loss of lives could have been prevented with a proper exit route. Hinting at corruption in the BMC, Ashish Shelar, Mumbai chief of the Bhartiya Janta Party, alleged, "It seems civic officials are hand in gloves with the business owners".

Fourteen persons died in a fire at a roof-top pub in Kamala Mills compound in Central Mumbai yesterday.

On the directions of Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, illegal alterations and constructions were being razed in the Todi Mill and Raghuvanshi Mills areas since this morning, a senior civic official said. "We hope to learn from conclusions reached by different government committees instituted to investigate the particular fire incident", said NRAI president Rahul Singh.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday took a stock of the situation and ordered a BMC commissioner to conduct an inquiry. It also took action against leading gymkhanas like Catholic, Parsi, Wilson, Islam, Jolly; restaurants like Khyber, Zaffran, Shalimar, Nityanand, Sahil, Faasos, Lady Baga, The Fatibo, Grandmaa Café, Junk Yard, Woodland and hotels like Peninsula, Orchid International and Ozone, Retreat.

A survey carried out by the fire department of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation inspected 4,600 residential and commercial buildings over two years and found all of them flouting fire safety rules. "We are asking managers or owners of such properties to remove it on their own or else we will bring it down", BMC spokesperson Ram Dotonde said. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief.

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