Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

After massive fire, BMC demolishes illegal structures in Kamala Mills area

After massive fire, BMC demolishes illegal structures in Kamala Mills area

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which initiated the mega demolition drive two days back, has chose to adopt a strict stand and not heed to requests by pubs and hotel owners to delay the action in view of New Year celebrations.

The police have registered a case of culpable homicide against the pub owners.

A BMC spokesperson said civic teams demolished illegal structures in Kamala and Raghuvanshi Mill Compound.

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BJP MP from Mumbai Kirit Somaiya while blaming the BMC said, "BMC officials are responsible for the murder of people in Kamala Mills fire, second such incident in two weeks, when will the BMC wake up?". The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is also carrying out a demolition drive against unauthorised constructions.

Kamala Mills is home to several corporate offices and is a major night life district, with several high-end pubs and restaurants opening up in recent years. It also took action against leading gymkhanas like Catholic, Parsi, Wilson, Islam, Jolly; restaurants like Khyber, Zaffran, Shalimar, Nityanand, Sahil, Faasos, Lady Baga, The Fatibo, Grandmaa Café, Junk Yard, Woodland and hotels like Peninsula, Orchid International and Ozone, Retreat.

"Just like in the nallah and road fix scam, where we found out who is the corrupt contractor, and who is the corrupt engineer and broke their backs, we will do the same here", Mehta said.

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A number of fires occurred in eateries and buildings in India a year ago mainly due to lack of regards for safety norms and fire-fighting equipment, like hosepipes and alarm systems. The fire also took down the Mojo's Bistro pub a storey below.

Five city officials have been suspended for negligence in connection with the fire, the Press Trust of India news agency reported, without giving further details.

The restaurants have been sealed as they were found violating the health department and fire safety norms.

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According to reports, the BMC pulled down illegal extensions of 314 restaurant-bar-pubs and hookah parlours, sealing another 7 restaurants for gross violations. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief.

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