Mumbai witnessed more than 84,000 fire incidents in the last 10 years leading to the death of over 600 people, the Shiv Sena claimed today while questioning the state administration's preparedness to handle such mishaps.
In case of such incidents in residential buildings, the persons, builders or housing society concerned were held responsible, said the political party.
ESIC hospital's fire killed eight people and left 176 injured
The Sena asked who was to be blamed for the fire in the ESIC Hospital on Monday. Eight people were killed and nearly 176 others injured in the blaze in the government's ESIC (Employees State Insurance Scheme) Kamgar Hospital at Marol in Andheri.
The hospital became 'yamraaj', claims Sena
The hospital, which is supposed to save lives, became 'yamraaj' (God of death) for patients due to "administrative lapses", the Sena said through party mouthpiece 'Saamana.'
"Mumbai's high-rises and the fire incidents there have become synonymous. In the last one year, there have been 10 such fire-related incidents and in the past 10 years, there were over 84,000 blaze mishaps," the Marathi publication claimed.
Congress blames Center, state; says hospital had no NOC
The publication further claimed that over 600 people lost their lives in those 84,000 mishaps.
The buildings in Mumbai have become "dormant volcanoes", it said.
Meanwhile, Congress' Maharashtra unit spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the Kamgar Hospital was working without a final no-objection certificate (NOC), so the state government and the Center were equally responsible for the mishap.
The contractor used sub-standard equipment, he alleged.