Before Fire Killed 14, Mumbai Pub Survived 3 Municipal Notices:10 Facts

Blaze in Mumbai pub 1 Above claims life of b’day girl

Before Fire Killed 14, Mumbai Pub Survived 3 Municipal Notices:10 Facts

The tragic fire incident at Kamala Mills compound in Mumbai that claimed the lives of 15 people seems to have woken up Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from its slumber.

The Mumbai's Bhoiwada court on Monday sent the two managers of "1-Above" pub arrested in connection with the Kamala Mills fire tragedy to police custody, till January 9. "After demolition, the restaurants, hotels and malls have been warned that they should comply with fire safety norms strictly or face action", said a senior civic official. Referring to Saturday's crackdown on illegal structures at restaurants, Nirupam said, "This means the BMC knew the illegal structures and still kept quiet for so long".

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Rais Shaikh, group leader of Samajwadi Party, said, "Why only lower level officials have been suspended and the ward officer spared?"

The incident, in which 11 women and two US-based men were killed, happened at a popular pub and restaurant called Mojo's Bistro and One Above in the commercial complex Kamala Mills at Lower Parel in Mumbai. He added that officials would also face criminal cases if an inquiry indicted them of being "deliberately negligent".

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Meanwhile, the initial report of BMC's inspection found an unauthorised construction of a partition wall with a tin sheet. "Investigation is in progress", the official said.

Shinde said he and his colleagues had reached the spot before the fire brigade and gone up the building after some of the trapped patrons waved their mobile phones to draw their attention. The area has several restaurants and pubs, some of which had constructed illegal extensions, ignoring fire safety rules in the process, he said.

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There have been allegations that civic authorities turned a blind eye to the construction of irregular structures and did not pay attention to those violating fire safety norms in the compound. Action was taken against illegal encroachments by the famed Wilson Gymkhana, Islam Gymkhana, Catholic Gymkhana and Parsi Gymkhana on Marine Drive in Mumbai. Heart goes out to bereaved families.

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