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Short-circuit killed 98 in 3 years in Mumbai

In the last three years and seven months, the city has witnessed 6,014 short-circuit incidents resulting in 98 deaths and 206 people getting injured, the BMC data reveals.

mumbai Updated: Nov 07, 2016 00:35 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
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According to the BMC data, the highest number, at 1,763 short-circuit incidents, was reported between April 2014 and March 2015. (Hindustan Times)

In the last three years and seven months, the city has witnessed 6,014 short-circuit incidents resulting in 98 deaths and 206 people getting injured, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data reveals. With these on the rise, the civic body has decided to ask major power supply companies to take preventive and mitigation measures.

According to data, the highest number, at 1,763 short-circuit incidents, was reported between April 2014 and March 2015, followed by April 2015 to March 2016 when 1,725 incidents were reported. Also, between a similar period in 2013 and 2014, 1,586 such cases were reported.

Between April 2016 and October 20 this year, the city has witnessed 940 short-circuit incidents. Data also reveals that the western suburbs have witnessed more incidents than the island city and the eastern suburbs.

IA Kundan, additional municipal commissioner, in-charge of the fire and disaster management department, said 60-70% of fire incidents in the city occur owing to a short-circuit. Kundan said, “We want to make regulators and suppliers equally responsible. We want them to take preventive and mitigation measures by periodical checking.”

Cases of loose and unstructured wiring, tapping electricity through cross-connections is high in the city which needs to be inspected regularly, civic officials said. Under section 30 of the India’s Disaster Management Act, the local authorities have to keep a tab on locations prone to disasters.

Recently, a major fire at Cuffe Parade killed two people. Fire officials suspected a possible short-circuit in the main electricity box in the plush duplex flat at the Maker Towers. The deceased were working as house helps for Shekhar Bajaj, the managing director of Bajaj Electricals.

Following the incident, BMC also had a meeting with major power-supply companies like Reliance, Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB), Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), TATA Power and Reliance Energy to discuss the steps. “We will include the responsibilities of the power suppliers and regulators in the disaster management’s SOP in the next 10-15 days,” Kundan added.