Mumbai: The BMC Commissioner’s probe report on Kamala Mills fire points out the possibility of violation of Floor Space Index and alteration without approval in the Kamala Mills compound. The owner of the compound chooses additional FSI as per provision of Development Control Regulation 33(16), i.e. as per the Information Technology (IT) policy and notification of the Government of Maharashtra (GoM). The approvals for additional FSI were granted accordingly. So, Kamala Mills Ltd had received incentive FSI of 1.33, in addition to zonal FSI.
It also clearly cites that Kamala Mills came for development under the modified DC regulation 58. Since area of the built-up structure was more than the plot potential, sharing of the balance with BMC or Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) was not applicable.
It further states the incentive is given when the entire built-up area is to be used for Information Technology (IT) users. Also, there is a provision for use of 20 per cent of the incentive area as commercial use area. So, the possibility that Kamala Mills FSI may have been used in commercial areas beyond this permissible upper limit is what has been mentioned. So, Mehta has requested Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to grant him three more months to thoroughly verify this violation. Also, it mentions that it will seek help from the state government’s IT department for this purpose.
The probe report points out that compliances appear to be the weakest link. Hence a separate compliance wing needs to be created. The fire-fighting and compliance team need to be separated.
The owner/occupier must appoint one fire safety officer from among his employees who are trained in matters related to fire safety for large buildings and commercial complexes. His name and contact details must be submitted to the chief fire officer’s department. Also, he should have a designated uniform that is easily identifiable by citizens/users. This employee should be well aware of exit passages to guide people during the crisis and he will act as the first responder.
The umbrella organisation-like restaurant trade organisation like AHAR should set up independent audit wings manned by experts and funded from their membership fees or corpus. These auditors should carry out an independent audit of their members and issue audit notes for corrective action. In case anyone fails to comply, his membership should be cancelled. This would enable self-discipline and regulation compliance in a more effective manner.
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