After Kamala Mills fire in which 14 people lost their lives, BMC and fire department was seen taking strict action and doing inspections of hotels, restaurants and establishments to check whether they adhere to fire rules or not. But, a data which was obtained from BMC by Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam revealed that there were 295 fire incidents reported in last 60 days.
Nirupam said, “The BMC has not learnt any lesson even after innocent Mumbaikars died in the Kamala Mills fire. BMC data shows that there have been 295 fire incidents in the past 60 days which makes it an average of nearly 5 fire incidents per day, which clearly indicates that fire department is defunct.”
He further added, “This alarming data clearly shows that the fire department under the BMC is defunct. They have not learnt any lessons after the Kamala Mills fire. Mumbaikars are living on a razor’s edge because the department is not interested in securing the lives of Mumbaikars. If timely intervention was made, if safety checks were done, and if the BMC was not as corrupt as it is, then these fire incidents would not have taken place with such shocking regularity.”
Questioning the efficacy of the BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, Nirpuam demanded that he be pulled up for his nexus with businessmen and corrupt officials. He has been demanding the probe into the fire be handed over to the CBI.
“Since the probe was handled by the BMC commissioner, how will the truth ever come out. I want to know if Mr Mehta is going to try and hide the frequency of these incidents,” the Mumbai Congress chief added.
He has even requested Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to look into the matter personally and take strong action against Municipal Commissioner and fire department chief. When contacted fire department chief Prabhat Rahangdale, he said, “Every year, we attend 14 thousand to 15 thousand calls. So there is no increase in calls. And, we are efficiently handling the calls. Out of all these calls 40% calls are of minor incidents.”