Kamala Mills fire: “Why should I resign?” says defiant Mumbai mayor, shrugs responsibility
Mumbai: A day after declaring that he “could not keep a track” of all the events in the city, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar on Saturday showed no remorse and rejected demands for his resignation in light of the tragic fire at the Kamala Mills compound that killed 14 people.
“Why should I resign?” Mahadeshwar retorted when confronted by Times Now.”It is not my responsibility, the commissioner has the executive power,” the Mumbai Mayor said, adding, ” I have directed BMC commissioner to take fire audit.”
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In fact Mahadeshwar immediately used the ‘demolition drive’ at Kamala Mills complex in Mumbai’s tny Lower Parel area as his defense for the general lackadaisical attitude of the civic authorities.
When questioned by Times Now, Mahadeshwar repeatedly claimed that “necessary action” will be taken pertaining to the case.
He added that an inquiry had been initiated in the matter and that five officials had already been suspended.
The fire started at around 12:30 am on Friday at the ‘1 Above’ pub which is located at the terrace of Trade House Building in Kamala Mills and then quickly spread to another pub called, ‘Mojo’s Bistro’, which is located a floor below, said an official of the Mumbai civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), PTI reported.
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The horrifying mishap at one of the most posh localities of Mumbai, the Kamala Mills compound, has revealed gaping loopholes in safety precautions which are mostly ignored by pubs and restaurants. It has also brought into focus the level of corruption that allows such hazards to build up, and ultimately culminate into a massive tragedy like the one witnessed on the wee hours of Friday morning.