- Kamala Mills, a posh locality in Mumbai’s Lower Parel, got ablaze when the massive fire broke out in one of the restro-bars, in the odd hours of Friday
- An activist had written a letter to the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) regarding the illegal incursion in the Kamala Mills
Kamala Mills, a posh locality in Mumbai’s Lower Parel, got ablaze when the massive fire broke out in one of the restro-bars, in the odd hours of Friday. As per the postmortem reports, the reason for the deaths is mainly due to suffocation. What triggered the fire is yet not clear. Moreover, if the recent reports are to be believed, an activist had written a letter to the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) regarding the illegal incursion in the Kamala Mills. The reports say that even the Municipal corporation had acknowledged and had responded to the letter on December 8. Still, the BMC didn’t respond well to the warning and the huge fire claimed lives of the 14 people and injured the 14 others.
The reports say that many fire safety norms were ignored in the eatery wherein the fire broke out. People took social media on storm and accused BMC of not pertaining well to the responses, claimed that the Kamala mills fire was a disaster waiting to happen.
A few people on Twitter claimed that the BMC completely ignored the illegal construction in the Kamala Mills which could be the reason for the accident. Others claimed that Mill compound has been flouting safety norms for a long time. Moreover, just one exit point in ‘1 Above’, where the fire broke out and having the fire exit blocked, resulted in the disaster.
One of the Twitter users shared the video of the fire disaster.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 28, 2017
Few others talked about the safety norms that were ignored.
#kamalamillsfire tragedy, I found this old video which claims of fire blows at mojo's from #KamalaMills . Is it safe? Do they have safety measures installed? Does this is the reason of fire? So many questions, but who cares. Just have money, spend it.. @MumbaiPolice @TV9Marathi pic.twitter.com/dwtZ1glD63
— Sameer Sawant (@imsameersawant) December 29, 2017
The fire affected the media houses as well. Times Now and Mirror Now along with the studio of Zoom TV were under the serious threat of fire. The staffs are safe, the media houses claimed.
— Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh (@mayukhrghosh) December 28, 2017
A Twitter user shared the image showing the fire from the Zoom TV’s studio.
Zoom office from Inside. pic.twitter.com/M6l3bgGqLq
— Pratik Sheth (@Prat_sheth) December 28, 2017
Few people claimed that the authorities grant the licenses ignoring the safety norms.
As someone who ran the pub business I am going to give to tell u guys one thing and please hear me out – NO Government can do anything unless we stand up for our safety . All pubs pay cops & excise .. I repeat all pubs & hence violate norms
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) December 29, 2017
Those people are also to blame who grant licenses without making sure if fire fighting equipment is adequate or not #KamalaMills
— vikram (@vikram140gulati) December 29, 2017
Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against ‘1 above’, the restaurant where the fire initiated in Mumbai’s Lower Parel locality. Police have filed the case under the charges of culpable homicide under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
(Featured Image Source: ANI and News Input from The Republic)