BMC slaps notices on three eateries for fire safety lapses

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) found fire safety violations in several establishments during its inspections even on New Year’s Eve, and has issued notices to the eatery Bar Stock Exchange in Kamala Mills Compound and two others in Mahalaxmi Racecourse.

The BMC had found unauthorised rooftop seating at Bar Stock Exchange on Saturday, which had then been removed. But the civic body found repeat violations on Monday night.

For the past month, the civic body has intensified inspections of residential and commercial premises for fire safety violations. The drive followed instructions from the municipal commissioner for a joint inspection by BMC and fire brigade ahead of the first anniversary of Kamala Mills tragedy and New Year’s Eve.

In four days up to Monday evening, the teams had inspected 377 establishments across 24 wards, and found violations in 31, including encroachment or obstacles to the fire exit and excessive storage of LPG cylinders.

Those found non-compliant with regulations included Bar Stock Exchange; Wilson, Catholic and Mafatlal gymkhanas at Marine Drive; Neel Yog Mall in Ghatkopar; Maratha Mandal and Samruddhi Hall in Mulund. The BMC and fire brigade demolished unauthorised structures, seized LPG cylinders and issued notices.

On Monday night, when officials from G South ward carried out surprise checks, they found Bar Stock Exchange in violation yet again. Dr. Devendra Golhar, Medical Officer of Health, G South ward, said, “Bar Stock Exchange was found to have seating on the rooftop once again. There were guests sitting there. We have issued notice and forced them to remove the seating.”

According to Dr. Golhar, two establishments inside Mahalaxmi Racecourse were also issued notices. “They were found to be cooking in open using coal. It is a violation of health licence conditions. Two notices have been served on them. Also, we have issued a notice to Glocal Junction, which did not have fire compliance. We have asked them to complete the compliance process,” he said.

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