Kamala Mills fire latest in Mumbai’s ‘29’ series of tragedies

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Dec 2017 09:08:59



INDIA’S financial capital was rocked by three tragedies this year - a deluge, a stampede and a major blaze -- all on the 29th.
The series of ‘29’ began on August 29 when torrential rain brought Mumbai to its knees, disrupting rail, road and air services, uprooting trees and leaving hundreds of Mumbaikars stranded. At least 10 people were killed in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas. Exactly a month later, on September 29, 23 people lost their lives in a stampede on a bridge linking the Elphinstone Road and Parel stations.
And on Friday, in the dying days of the year, tragedy struck again on the 29th with a fire breaking out in a pub in a building in the Kamala Mills compound hosting a birthday party.

The three tragedies, on the same day of various months, were also linked by allegations that they were the result of apathy and could have been avoided.
Pub flouted fire safety norms, say cops: THE ‘1 Above’ pub, where a massive blaze killed 14 people, did not follow fire safety norms and violated regulations on encroachment with obstructions blocking its emergency exit, police and civic officials said on Friday.

In its daily crime report, the police also said the pub’s manager and other staff fled from the spot instead of helping the customers injured in the blaze.
“No fire safety norms were followed by the pub and the management did not make any arrangement for the safe exit of its customers during the blaze,” police said.

They said there were hindrances created on the emergency exit way. “Negligence on the part of the pub led to the death of 14 customers and injuries to several others.”
“The manager and other staff of the pub ran away from the spot without helping those injured in the blaze,” police said.
Meanwhile, a civic official told PTI the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had taken action against the pub more than three times for “violations”. According to the official, the pub had obtained the fire safety and building permissions from the civic body in October 2016.

Guilty should be punished: Rahul tweets in Marathi: CONGRESS President Rahul Gandhi through a tweet in Marathi on Friday demanded that those found guilty in connection with the fire at a rooftop pub in central Mumbai, which claimed 14 lives, should be punished sternly.

In his first tweet in Marathi, Gandhi described the incident as “unfortunate”. “I share the grief of the families of the victims. There should an immediate probe into the incident and the guilty should be punished sternly,” he tweeted.