Post Kamala Mills Fire, Crackdown On Illegal Structures Continues In Mumbai

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Mumbai Police have booked the owner of the pub for negligence and other charges for the fire, which is suspected to be triggered by an electrical short-circuit.

Civic officials inspected 624 restaurants, pubs and malls across the city and its suburbs, demolished illegal structures at 314 sites and seized 417 cooking gas cylinders, a release said. The municipal corporation, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) were informed about these illegalities but they had turned a blind eye.

A 28-year-old girl Khushboo, one of the victims who lost her life in the Kamala Mills fire, in Lower Parel, Mumbai was celebrating her birthday in one of the pubs when the disaster happened. "Investigation is in progress", the official said. 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.

According to the officials, the civic body also sealed seven restaurants, Sagar, 38 Feast, Mini Punjab and Sams Kitchen at Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and Flamingo and Sai Kitchen Hotel at Chembur.

"We found several irregularities like rooftop sheds, open space encroachment, illegal constructions, encroachment on common passage at these places during the drive. But this time the BMC has decided not to listen to such requests, and take action".

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said he had asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BMC commissioner to order a special fire audit of all such pubs and hooka parlours in Mumbai.

Yesterday, the nation woke up to the shocking news of a fire that erupted in the upmarket and popular Kamala Mills in Mumbai. The area has several restaurants and pubs, some of which had constructed illegal extensions, ignoring fire safety rules in the process, he said.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.

Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadevar had said that orders have been given in this regard and strict action will be taken against the guilty officials.

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