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Kamala mills fire: Think of portal or app listing fire compliant hotels, Bombay High Court to BMC

Agencies | Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 04:33 AM IST

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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday suggested the BMC to devise an online mechanism for the people to check if the eateries and pubs they plan to visit are fire and safety-compliant. A division bench of Chief Justice N H Patil and Justice M S Karnik made the suggestion while hearing a bunch of petitions demanding that a judicial committee be set up to probe the December 2017 fire at two pubs in the Kamala Mills compound in central Mumbai.

The devastating fire at Mojo’s Bistro and 1Above Pub on the night of December 29, 2017 had killed 14 people and injured several others. Acting on the petitions, the high court had earlier this year set up a three-member judicial committee to inquire into the tragedy and also give recommendations on how to avoid such incidents in future. The committee submitted its report to the high court in September this year.

Among several things, the panel had recommended framing of bylaws by the civic body on the issue of fire compliance and also regular checks on eateries to ensure all safeguards are in place. The high court Thursday said the civic body should develop an online platform which can be accessed by the common man to see if a hotel or a restaurant a person is visiting has all its licences in place and is fire compliant. -Agencies

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Published on: Friday, November 23, 2018, 08:52 AM IST