The Aam Aadmi Party Mumbai today, expressed shock and dismay at reports of a massive fire outbreak, at a godown located in the slums of Asalpha Himalaya Society in Ghatkopar. While the incident has not claimed any victims as per the latest reports, eight fire engines had to be dispatched to the spot in an attempt to curb the flames and curtail the damage to life and property. Such incidents, which pose a fatal risk to the life and limb of our citizens, cannot be looked at in isolation, and must be addressed in the larger context of a lack of adequate fire safety audits and compliances in Mumbai – something that has prevailed under the Shiv-Sena ruled BMC for decades now.
“The Fire Department is very much a part of the BMC, and is responsible for, not just the response to & mitigation of fire disasters, but also the implementation of preventive measures – by conducting regular fire audits and overseeing the installation of the requisite fire safety systems. Despite facing criticism from all quarters, the BMC has failed to improve standards of fair safety and compliance in the city. We cannot continue living from one tragedy to the next. This complacency is unacceptable.” said Ruben Mascarenhas, AAP Mumbai Working President.
“Mumbai’s firefighters are amongst the finest in the world, and they have responded swiftly and valiantly to every instance of disaster that has threatened the wellbeing of our citizens. However, the BMC’s failure to ensure that the city’s fire response systems are upgraded & maintained as per prevailing safety norms, and to address the rampant corruption in the issuance of NOCs, has repeatedly put Mumbaikars at risk. The BMC continues to have no regard for the loss of life and property, caused by their negligence and inaction.” said Preeti Sharma Menon, National Executive Member & Mumbai Prabhari.
AAP Mumbai Media Team
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