Corporators in the civic general body on Wednesday said that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was ignoring several cases of violation of building and fire safety rules in the city.
Following the fire in the Tata Group’s headquarters, Bombay House, that killed three people on Wednesday, corporators said that there were several other buildings violating fire safety norms.
Fire brigade and civic officials said the victims were trapped in the basement because illegal constructions had blocked the entry and exit points.
Congress corporators Vinod Shekhar, who raised the issue, said that the basement, which is only to be used for parking or storage, was being used a canteen and had an auditorium. He said the exit and entry routes of the basement were, thus, blocked.
“The BMC has been turning a blind eye to the violations because the building was owned by the Tatas,” Shekhar said.
Rajhans Singh, Opposition leader in the civic house, demanded immediate suspension of civic officials responsible for ignoring violation of fire safety norms.
Bharatiya Janata Party group leader, Ashish Shelar, said the city is living on a virtual time bomb because the municipal corporation has not been making any concrete efforts to check fire safety norms in malls, industrial estates and commercial complexes.
Even civic establishments, schools and hospitals do not meet fire safety standards, he said.
Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar assured the corporators that stern action would be taken against those who violate fire norms.
Illegal constructions that make buildings prone to fire will also be dealt with strictly, Mhaiskar said.