Two days after a cylinder blast in a bakery in Trombay killed six people, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to add bakeries to its list of eating joints to be inspected, both for hygiene and fire safety.
Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar, on Friday, said: “In a health committee meeting held in May, we had decided to inspect eating joints in the city. Following the blast, bakeries too will be included in the list. The fire brigade will be roped in to check the fire safety measures.”
The city has around 800 licensed bakeries. “The bakeries found to be functioning without licences will face prosecution in accordance with the BMC’s rules. They will have to adhere to the rules framed by the civic body,” said Mhaiskar.
The blast in a bakery at Cheetah Camp in Trombay was reportedly a result of violation of fire safety norms. The fire brigade is yet to submit its final report to the BMC, which could reveal whether the bakery had a valid licence and whether the safety norms were being flouted.
The BMC survey is expected to be completed by June-end, after which the report and recommendations will be discussed.
Though the civic body had conducted several surveys in the past, it has not taken any corrective measures. After a fire broke out in Manish market earlier this year, the civic body had stated that it would survey markets in the city. After a fire in Kolkata’s AMRI hospital, too, the BMC had announced that there is a need to survey the condition of fire safety equipment in hospitals. However, neither has a report been tabled nor has any action been taken.