A day after a major fire in a Kurla restaurant killed eight persons, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has directed all 227 wards to scrutinize restaurants in their jurisdiction to check for any violation of norms.
The BMC has directed a panel comprising three officers in every ward, including a fire officer and a health officer, to conduct the inspection.
The civic body asked the panel to ensure that restaurants meet all conditions in the ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ granted to them, and that restaurants’ area and type of use are as specified in the permission given to them, the BMC said in a statement.
The officers have been asked to make a note of any alterations the restaurants might have carried out to the structure, and whether all terms and conditions in
the NOC granted by the health officer were met.
The BMC has asked fire officers to submit written reports of any anomalies they might encounter from the fire safety point of view. Further, if restaurants are found violating any condition specified in NOCs granted to them, BMC warned of action under the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act and the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act.
“The action may involve confiscation of property, disconnecting water and electricity supply as well as police investigations under various sections of the Indian Penal Code,” the BMC statement said.
The fire had broken out at Hotel City Kinara, a Chinese food joint near Kurla railway station, and is suspected to have been sparked by a gas leak or a short circuit.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Saturday instructed Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to take an immediate review of the incident.
Fadnavis, touring Nagpur and Gadchiroli on Saturday, said, “I am saddened by the Kurla fire incident. I have instructed the BMC Commissioner to take immediate review to avoid such incidents in future. I have asked for strict action against those found responsible.”