69 per cent fire incidents took place due to faulty wiring: MoS Ranjit Patil

Ranjit Patil, Minister of state for urban development informed the state legislative assembly that in the last 10 years, around 600 people lost their lives while property loss worth ₹110.42 crore was reported

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In Mumbai, nearly 69 per cent of 50,000 fire incidents took place due to faulty wiring which could have been avoided if the buildings would have carried out regular safety audits, said Minister of state for urban development Ranjit Patil. He added that in the last decade, around 600 people lost their lives to the fire and property loss worth ₹110.42 crore was reported.   

Patil stated these figures on Monday while responding to a calling-attention motion tabled in the state legislative council by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator, Hemant Takle. 

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Takle had raised the calling attention motion to know whether the fire that gutted around 70 hutments at Lalmati slum near Bandra Reclamation in October was a deliberate move by some miscreants. Patil replied that in 10 years between 2008 and 2018, 49,391 fires were reported, and over 33,000 or 68.72 per cent were caused because due to short circuit. He further added that around 1,116 fire incidents took place due to gas leakage and 14,329 incidents were attributed to other causes. Out of the total incidents of fire, 3,151 occurred in slums.

Earlier this month a fire broke out in an eight-storey SRA building in which two died. In the month of August four died when a fire broke out in a multi-storeyed building in Parel. In both the cases, the Mumbai Fire Brigade concluded short circuits as a reason that caused the fire. 

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