A day after a massive blaze gutted the stage at the Make in India event at Girgaum Chowpatty, fire brigade officials admitted that organisers of the event had not complied with nearly 10 fire safety measures.
Even as a probe is now underway, with both the fire brigade and the city police ascertaining reasons for the blaze, including ‘sabotage’, fresh fire audits were conducted of the venue at the Bandra Kurla complex (BKC).
Fire officials said organisers used outdated fire extinguishers, had stored combustible material in the changing room and cylinders near the stage and there was no availability of trained operators for fire extinguishers.
They claimed that a site visit of the venue was conducted on Saturday, just a day before the event, and a report stating the same was submitted to the police commissioner, ward officer and organisers.
CM Devendra Fadnavis refused to comment on the alleged violation of fire-safety norms. He said the probe announced immediately after the blaze would be concluded in two days and action would be taken based on its findings. Industries department officials said so far, no action had been initiated against the event management agency appointed to manage the grand show. “There was a check list of the safety norms that needed to be followed and the safety audit inspection was done by the fire brigade. The probe will also ascertain if the norms were followed,” said Fadnavis.