Friday was a black day for Mumbai after the massive fire outburst in a restaurant in Kamala Mills in Lower Parel. After this, unfortunate incident wherein 14 people were engulfed in a fire, Mumbai’s civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, this morning started demolishing illegal constructions.
The BMC is bent on taking strict action against at least six restaurants. As per a BMC official, “illegal roofs” of two restaurants named ‘Skyview Cafe’ and ‘Social’ in Kamala Mills have been taken down. At the same time, encroachments of ‘Pranay’ and ‘Fumes’ as well as ‘Sheesha Sky Lounge’ at Raghuvanshi Mills in the same location have been pulled down. A very famous restaurant of Mumbai ‘Pravas’, which resembles a train bogie, was also brought down with the help of an excavator machine.
As per the statements of a BMC official, action was also taken against some pubs and restaurants that were located in Andheri.
The fire outburst that happened at “1 Above”, has raised questions about safety of the buildings in Mumbai and has made way for a safety audit. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has called for an investigation regarding the numerous illegal building structures and non-compliance of safety measures.
At the time of the massive outburst, around 150 people were present at “1 Above”. In less than half-an-hour, the entire building was engulfed in flames. Reports said that bamboo roof tops further aggravated the fire.
Kamala Mills complex is the hub of around 20 pubs, coffee shops and restaurants. Due to the upcoming New Year’s Eve, the nightlife celebration was at its peak.
The police have laid various charges against the owners of the pub “1 Above” along with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Many teams are searching for them and a notice has been issued too to stop them from fleeing from the country.