BMC finally wakes up; cracks down on erring restaurants and unauthorized constructions

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) took action against at least five eateries and restaurants

BMC finally wakes up; cracks down on erring restaurants and unauthorized constructions

After criticism from all quarters and deaths of at least 14 people, the Mumbai civic administration began its crackdown on restaurants and unauthorized constructions on Saturday.

It need be mentioned that day before yesterday, 14 people had died in a fire at a rooftop restaurant in Mumbai’s Lower Parel.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) took action against at least five eateries and restaurants following Friday’s fire at Kamala Mills compound.

A BMC official confirmed that they have pulled down “illegal roofs” of two restaurants —’Skyview Caf’ and ‘Social’ in Kamala Mills and encroachments of ‘Pranay’ and ‘Fumes’ and ‘Sheesha Sky Lounge’ at Raghuvanshi Mills in the same locality.

Action was also taken against some restaurants in Andheri, the official said.

The city’s civic body has also directed its officials to form teams to ensure that all restaurants are fire safety compliant in view of the New Year celebrations.

The premises should have fire escape routes, staircases and ensure open spaces are encroachment free, BMC officials insisted.

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