The 1,200 families who lost their homes in the fire at Bandra (E) will get Rs 1,000 as temporary compensation. The compensation has been limited to Rs 5,000 for every affected family. “The administration will provide interim monetary relief of Rs 1,000 per person and a maximum of Rs 5,000 to a single family,” Mumbai suburban guardian minister Mohamed Arif Naseem Khan said.
Meanwhile, the state government is conducting a panchnama to ascertain the loss due to the fire. The state government has also assured that it will provide reading material to students who have lost books in the fire.
“We will provide text books and notebooks to all who have lost their school material,” minister for school education Rajendra Darda said.
Meanwhile, social activist Medha Patkar has demanded an inquiry into the cause of the fire and claimed that the incident could be the handiwork of local builders.
Patkar also demanded compensation of up to Rs one lakh for the fire victims. This is the second time that the area has witnessed a fire destroying hutments. In 2009, the state had announced plans of providing houses to the fire victims through a slum rehabilitation scheme, but nothing has been done yet.