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Oven blast: Civic body will inspect similar units for violations

Small-scale industrial and manufacturing units in the city will now come under the civic body’s scanner for violation of safety rules and environment norms.

Small-scale industrial and manufacturing units in the city will now come under the civic body’s scanner for violation of safety rules and environment norms.

A day after five persons were killed and 37 injured in a blast inside the furnace oven of an illegal bakery in Cheetah Camp,Mankhurd,the BMC will now inspect bakeries and other such units that are unauthorised or being run without a proper licence from its environment department.

BMC executive health officer Dr Anil Bandiwadekar said,“The health department will undertake a survey of all illegal units in the city. Bakeries will also be checked for the kind of fuel they use and if that is causing pollution.” The BMC will also check if fire safety norms are being violated.

A fire official said,“All bakeries have to get the fire department’s NOC before starting business. Permission is given on the basis of the size of the bakery,location,occupancy and fire exits. While a majority of such units do not have fire NOC,it is the health department’s mandate to check them regularly and give notices.”

“The health department undertakes regular audits of such bakeries and other units and also takes severe action against errant ones. After the blast,all commercial and small-scale units near Mankhurd will be inspected,” said Amit Dave,Assistant Municipal Commissioner of Ward M-east.

The bakery where the blast took place is illegal and has now been demolished. Hutments near it have been vacated temporarily.

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Meanwhile,seven of the injured continue to battle for their lives. While three were admitted in critical condition to Sion hospital on Wednesday,four others were admitted to the ICU for severe burns. A 12-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman are among those critical. “Around 29 patients are admitted here. The ones who are serious and in the ICU have suffered 70-80 per cent burns. The rest have fractures,swellings,trauma injuries,” said Dr Sandhya Kamath,dean of Kamath Hospital.