Mumbai Buzz: Dharavi fire breakout | Rape attempt in train | Rain forecast


A fire engine belonging to the Mumbai fire brigade on the roads.
Mumbai has been in the news for frequent fire accidents happening across the city. The latest incident occurred at a residential complex in Dharavi. Representational image. Pic: Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

Dharavi fire breakout, minors also affected

On June 11, a massive fire broke out at Dharavi’s residential complex on 90 feet road. The fire that engulfed the seven storey building, injured 32 people including 13 minors. It was declared as a level 1 fire by the civic officials. The youngest minor was one-month-old Rewan Sheikh.

Based on preliminary reports from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the fire was confined to the electrical wiring and ducting on all floors, a CCTV camera installed on the ground floor, as well as scrap material stored between the fifth and seventh floors.

Source: Indian Express

Rape attempt in local train, lack of CCTV a concern for women’s safety

After an incident of sexual assault in a moving train from CSMT to Masjid, women commuters raised the issue of lack of safety in compartments. Women commuter associations pointed to the absence of CCTV cameras in local trains as a major challenge in effective surveillance. Last year, the Railway administration had announced that every local train would have CCTV cameras to provide live supervision of the women’s compartments.

A rare empty coach of a Mumbai local train, at dawn.
The lack of CCTV cameras in coaches has been raised by women travelling in Mumbai’s local trains. Representational image. Pic: Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

The implementation has been slow, with nearly two-third of women’s coaches operating without these cameras, says Lata Argade, chief of Tejaswini Mahila Railway Pravasi Sanghatna.

Source: Free Press Journal

Monsoon to reach Mumbai

After being delayed for over a week, monsoon is likely to reach Mumbai by next week. “A trough line establishing over the Arabian sea covering Maharashtra to Kerala coast is very likely to strengthen the Arabian sea branch of the monsoon current in the coming days. Hence, conditions will be favourable for further advance of the monsoon over more areas of Maharashtra, including Pune and Mumbai from June 18th to June 22”, said Anupam Kashyapi, head of India Meteorological Department, Pune.

Source: Times of India

Four youth drown at Juhu beach, one still missing

On Monday five boys went missing in Mumbai’s Juhu beach. After conducting search operations for several hours, four dead bodies were recovered. One of them is still missing. This group of boys were residents of Datta Mandir area in Vakola, Santacruz east. The police said several warnings were given to the group but the boys ignored the instructions of the lifeguard on duty and went ahead in the rough sea. 

Source: Free Press Journal

Read more : Safety on Mumbai’s beaches: Is the city doing enough?

BMC orders builders to clean nullah near their sites

The stormwater department of BMC has put out an official letter across departments and to developers, regarding maintenance of nullahs, to avoid flooding. Several projects are under construction in the city and there is a risk of increased flooding, if drains (nullahs) near these sites are choked or clogged.

The letter also states that the stormwater management department  cannot be held responsible if flooding occurs as a result of inadequate desilting of major nullahs during development projects.

Source: Mid day

Compiled by Stephin Thomas

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