Two days after an oven blast killed five persons and injured 38 in an illegal bakery in Mankhurd,the BMC has announced a thorough inspection of all eateries,that cook food on their premises,will be carried out for compliance of fire safety regulations.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said only 800 bakeries in the city have BMC licence to operate while others,mostly in small slum units, are illegal.
We will make sure all eateries,big and small,hold licences and follow adequate fire safety norms. All illegal units will be served notices, said Mhaiskar.
Officials will mainly look at whether cylinders are kept in an unsafe manner and if the equipment used are safe and in proper working condition.
The M East ward office has already undertaken an inspection of all small units in slums that carry out cooking activities.
The ward comprises largely of big slum settlements such as Cheetah Camp,Shivaji Nagar,Rafi Nagar,Bainganwadi etc,which are home to thousands of thriving illegal businesses.