Mumbai: BMC corporator demands fire audit of eateries located in residential buildings

A corporator from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed and is demanding to conduct the fire audit of the eateries located in residential buildings. After the Kamala Mills fire, the BMC has started the drive to carry out fire audits of all the hotels and restaurants

Mumbai: BMC corporator demands fire audit of eateries located in residential buildings
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After the fire at a hookah parlour in Kamala Mills claimed 14 innocent lives, in December last year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has begun the drive to carry out fire audit of the hotels and restaurants.

Also, the Bombay High Court had given the directives to carry out fire audit of the roadside eateries as well.

Now, a corporator from Mumbai has put forth the demand before the BMC, to carry out fire audit of all the eateries located in the residential buildings in Mumbai.

Corporator Nehal Shah has given the proposal to the BMC in this regard. And while speaking to My Medical Mantra, Shah, said, “In Mumbai, there are thousands of residential buildings which are now almost 40 to 50 years old. All these buildings have eateries located on the ground floor. What if any untoward incident happens to these eateries? The main question is the safety and security of the residents. So, I have submitted a proposal to the BMC to carry out the fire audit in these shops as well.”

After Kamala Mills fire, a fire was reported in a farsan shop, in Mumbai’s Sakinaka area, where 12 workers lost their lives.

Shah further added, “The Sakinaka fire was the eye-opener for all of us. A number of shop owners do not have a valid license with them, but, then too, they are operating their businesses. It poses a threat to Mumbaikars health as well. So, my demand is with the fire department, the health department should also carry out an inspection on roadside eateries.”

In Mumbai, there are thousands of eateries which are located on the ground floor of the residential buildings. According to the law, these shops should be fireproof or should have fire-fighting mechanisms, so in case anything happens; the life of the innocent citizens can be saved.