More than 48,000 fire incidents recorded in Mumbai, 609 people died: RTI reveals

After looking at the statistics, RTI activist Shakeel Ahmed says that the deaths and damages due to the fire-related incidents

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In the view of the fire incidents in Mumbai, it should be noted that there have been 48,434 fire-related incidents recorded in the past decade with almost 609 people dead in the incidents. This information has been given by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) fire department in reply to an RTI. 

RTI activist Shakeel Ahmed filed an RTI seeking reply regarding the damages due to fire incidents from the year 2008 to 2018. According to the information given by the fire department, there have been 48,437 fire-related incidents. Of these, 1,568 fire incidents have taken place in high tower buildings and 8,737 in residential buildings. Moreover, 3,833 incidents have taken place in commercial buildings while 3,151 in slum areas.

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RTI also states that of 48,434 fire incidents, 32,516 have happened because of short circuit and 11,889 incidents have happened due to leak in gas cylinders. 609 people have died due to these fire incidents and almost 90 crores of property damage have also been recorded, the RTI informed. 

Ahmed points out that Mumbai being a city of international status such deaths and incidents are a matter of concern. However, despite this, there have been no major steps taken by the state government and BMC to curb these incidents. He further said that the Maharashtra Fire Protection Act 2006 is not being implemented. 

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