Illegal Constructions Face BMC's Ire; New Software To Pick Defaulters
Continuing its crackdown on unauthorised construction for the fourth day today after a blaze at an upscale pub in Mumbai killed 14 people, the civic body asked the owners of commercial establishments to assess, on their own, if their premises were compliant with all fire safety norms. Commercial establishment owners must assess themselves if they adhere to the Fire Codified Requirements, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, adding that if they were found non-compliant they would face action.
Demolitions were carried out in Todi Mill and Raghuvanshi Mill areas today, a senior BMC official said. During the day, civic officials inspected 134 commercial
establishments in G, N and E wards and demolished 53 unauthorised structures, the BMC said in a late-night statement. Fifty hookah parlours were sealed, the official said.
From December 29 till yesterday, BMC officials have inspected 615 establishments and demolished illegal constructions or alterations at 355 hotels and pubs.
The Mumbai fire department is going to install a new software for the monitoring of database of fire rules compliance, a senior civic official told PTI.
"We are in the last stage of introducing a new software which will pick defaulters from the database. The database will comprise fire compliance details of lakhs of commercial and big residential establishments. The software will send alerts not only to us but also to owners (about non-compliance)," the official said.
The BMC again appealed owners of commercial establishments to ensure that their premises are fire norms compliant. The owners should assess if their premises comply with the Fire Codified Requirements on their own or face
action, said an official statement.
Besides, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta asked seven zonal deputy municipal commissioners to conduct inquiries and find out why action was not initiated against illegal alterations/ constructions at commercial structures earlier. A BMC official said that Mehta expressed anger over the
failure to take action promptly.
Last week, a birthday bash at a pub in a central Mumbai building ended in a tragedy as 14 people, including 11 women, were killed after a blaze broke out shortly after midnight, an official said on December 29. Most of the victims died of suffocation.
Twenty-one people were injured in the fire, which broke out at the hotel terrace on the third floor of the commercial complex at Lower Parel area, the official said.
"The incident occurred after 12.30 am at One Above pub, located on the third floor of the Trade House Building in Kamala Mills compound on Senapati Bapat Marg, a commercial hub of the city," a police official said.
Teams of fire brigade and police rushed to the spot and a rescue operation was launched to pull out the people trapped inside the pub, the official added.
"The fire brigade rescued at least 35 injured persons, who were trapped inside the hotel. They were shifted to a hospital," he said.
"During treatment, 14 people, including 11 women, were declared dead. Most of the victims died of suffocation," he said, adding that 21 others sustained serious burn injuries.
The Police have booked Hratesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka of C Grade Hospitality, which manages the pub, along with others, under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).
With inputs from Housing News