Kamala Mills fire case: BMC Commissioner serves notices to nine guilty civic officials

The BMC officials have been given 15 days to submit their replies

Kamala Mills fire case: BMC Commissioner serves notices to nine guilty civic officials

Nine civic officials who were found guilty in connection with Kamala Mills fire that took place last December and killed 14 people, will now face punishment by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for negligence and failure to take action against illegalities in two restaurants i.e. 1Above and Mojo’s Bistro where the fire broke out.

The officials will not get increments and some might lose their job as well. The quantum of punishment will be decided by BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta. 

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In the last few days, the guilty officials received notices from the civic body and they have been given 15 days to explain why they should not be punished. Mehta said the quantum of punishment will be based on the replies.

On December 29, 2017, a fire broke out on the rooftop of resto-bar Mojo’s Bistro and spread to the neighbouring '1Above' at Kamala Mills in Lower Parel, injuring 55 others and killing 14 people.

According to the fire department’s report, both the restaurants had a large stock of combustible hookah and furniture material. Along with this, they had made several unauthorised changes to the structures, while firefighting systems such as sprinklers, fire alarm were not in working condition.

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The nine officials named in the report are Assistant Engineer Madhukar Shelar, Sub-Engineer Dinesh Mahale, Junior Engineer Dhanraj Shinde, Assistant Divisional fire officer SS Shinde, Deputy Executive Health Officer Dr Rajesh Madan, Fire Station Officer Rajendra Patil, Assistant Engineer Manohar Kulkarni, Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Sandeep Shinde and Sanitary Inspector Pradeep Shirke.

The officials, through their replies, will be allowed to plead guilty or not guilty, and if the latter, they will have to present a defence.

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