BMC states inspecting 32,000 establishments; RTI activist claims otherwise

Shakeel Ahmed Shaikh, a Right To Information (RTI) activist questioned about the inspections of 25,000 buildings stating Mumbai fire brigade is yet to recruit 927 posts


In the last one year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has claimed that it has conducted 32,000 inspections in different hotels, pubs, restaurants, cinema hall, theatres, commercial buildings, offices, establishments, residential buildings, and other places, following the Kamala Mills fire on December 29, 2017. However, a city-based activist is not happy with these claims.   

Shakeel Ahmed Shaikh, a Right To Information (RTI) activist said that in September 2018, the corporation revealed that 5,000 buildings were inspected. He questioned about the inspections of 25,000 buildings. He added that the fire brigade received approval to recruit 3,807 personnel, of which 2,800 have been recruited and the remaining 927 posts are still vacant. Despite that, they claim to have inspected 32,000 establishments, which is hard to believe, he further added.      

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On the directions of BMC Chief Ajoy Mehta, the marathon inspection session was conducted, after the Kamala Mills fire tragedy, in which fourteen people lost their lives. According to the civic body, 32,000 inspections were held, notices were issued to 17,730 establishments for non-compliance with fire safety measures and 9,407 were prosecuted for failing to adhere to fire safety norms. 

Mentioning the recent fire incidents including the recent one took place on the 10th floor of Sargam society in Chembur where five senior citizens lost their lives, he said that all these fire incidents only highlight the apathy of the BMC. 

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