Mumbai: BMC inspects 2,568 hotels in last 14 days for fire safety lapses and illegal constructions

Mumbai: In the last fourteen days, between December 30, 2017 to January 12, 2018, 52 squads of the civic corporation have inspected 2,568 hotels and other eatery outlets all over Mumbai to check for fire safety lapses and illegal constructions.

The BMC has tightened its inspection drive on hotels, eateries only after fourteen people lost their lives in a devastating fire at Kamala Mills compound on December 29, which shook the city and exposed the apathy of the civic body and their negligence towards rising irregularities, as till then all the activities were operating smoothly under their nose without any objection.

Out of 2, 568 inspected hotels and restaurants across Mumbai, 718 hotels have been found flouting fire safety norms and hence asked to fulfill  fire safety lapses and notice under Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act and Maharashtra Fire Prevention and life safety measures has been issued. If they fail to comply, action will be taken without any further warning, said the civic officer.

While 89 hotels of different civic wards have been sealed for various irregularities and for imminent fire danger spots, 913 hotels have been demolished for construction of illegal extensions and obstructing fire escape routes and for other violations, added the civic officer.

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