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100 illegal structures demolished in BMC crackdown after blaze

Kamala Mills fire
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Civic officials in Mumbai today demolished illegal structures in at least 100 restaurants and pubs in a major crackdown. The action follows yesterday’s fire at Kamala Mills.

A spokesperson of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the mega demolition drive was initiated across the city with around 1,000 officials and employees of the civic body.

Leave and weekly offs of the staff of several departments have been cancelled and concerned staff have been asked to remain on duty. The BMC spokesman said the action will continue till they remove all such illegal structures.

The civic teams will also inspect all the restaurants in their respective wards and ensure that they are fire-compliant.

It is to be mentioned here that a day after 14 people lost their lives in the fire that engulfed the Kamala Mills compound, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has registered three new FIRs against two restaurants and a pub for illegal constructions.

While look-out notices have been issued against the two co-owners of the pub, Mumbai’s civic body has started its crackdown on illegal eateries and is razing unauthorised construction.

Meanwhile, a preliminary probe by Mumbai Police has revealed that the fire was caused by a short circuit.

According to the probe, the pub where from the blaze started had used highly inflammable tarpaulin sheets which caused the blaze to spread quickly.

It also reveals that the staff and managers of the pub fled the spot immediately without rescuing their patrons.

In order to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the New Year celebrations, Mumbai civic chief have directed all officers to form teams to inspect all restaurants to see if they are complying fire safety norms.

The teams should confirm that have restaurants have fire escape routes, staircases and ensure open spaces are encroachment-free.

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