Mumbai: We all are aware of Kamala Mills Fire which broke out in December 2017 and it’s aftermath promises by BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation). The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, declared a war against the illegal restaurants and structure bearer in Mumbai. He ordered the civic body to identify and demolish the illegal structures around restaurants in Mumbai as soon as possible.
Another order, subsequently, issued by Fadnavis to shift the gold units of Kalbadevi to another spot, seemingly, is being adhered to now. BMC has claimed to demolish 13,00 of 2,000 chimneys of gold units in the area with an assurance to demolish the remaining 700 by March-end. If a report by source is to be believed, the residents of the area deny to agree with the figure announced by the civic body. The residents allege that not even half of the total number of chimneys have been demolished and that if the figures were right then there would have been almost no chimneys left in the area.
“If such major action was taken, there would be hardly any chimneys left in the ward. These are false claims. Officials do not have the willpower to do anything,” said Sharad Bansal of Bhuleshwar Residents’ Association to the Source. On contrary to this, the Assistant Commissioner of BMC, C-ward, Jivak Gheghadmal, said, “We have been taking rigorous action, and so far have demolished 13,00 chimneys. At many places, there has been stiff resistance to our demolition staff, as locals have shut their doors. In such cases, we demolish the chimneys from outside,”.
Another resident named D M Shah rubbished the BMC claims and told the source that BMC demolishes only a part of chimneys and that they are back as soon as BMC officials leave from the spots.
BMC is taking this action after the locals complained that the chimneys of the gold smelting and polishing units emit toxic fumes which are causing health issues and may cause for fire around the area anytime. Taking this appeal seriously, the Fadnavis government ordered the civic body in first week of January 2018 to take action against such chimneys which constitute around 2,000 chimneys in the area. A similar appeal was made in 2001 by the residents when a major fire broke out in one of the units claimed 24 lives. But no major action was taken except the false promises and assurances.