After an unexpected fire accident at the cultural stage at Girgaum Chowpatty on Sunday, the ‘Make in India week’ event in Mumbai resumed normal business on Monday.
Undeterred by the fire at Chowpatty, main venue of the Make in India Centre was busy with business conferences and seminars after Maharashtra government swung into action and assured safety to participants.
Day 3 at the Make in India Centre hosted Maharashtra Investment Summit where the government signed 10 MoUs. Speaking at a seminar, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman said that manufacturing sector in the country was growing and giving more scope for investment.
“Manufacturing is actually picking up. The last quarter figure showed that the country’s GDP growth will be over 7 per cent. It also revealed that manufacturing is growing over 9 per cent,” she said.
The investment offers and MoUs that have been signed so far in the Make in India week are an indicator that manufacturing is gaining traction, she added.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Fire Brigade Authority has begun an inquiry into Sunday’s blaze.
“We will probe all aspects, including finding out if there was a sabotage angle involved,” a fire brigade official said.
However Maharashtra based RTI activist Anil Galgali alleged that safety was compromised at the Make in India Week cultural event.
“Mumbai Police and Fire Brigade should lodge an FIR of negligence against the event organiser,” said Galgali.
On Sunday night, at around 8.22 pm, a massive fire broke out at the site of the cultural event at Girgaum Chowpatty. The blaze was brought under control quickly by 14 fire engines and 10 water tankers. Thousands of people had to be evacuated immediately.
Even though no casualties were reported, the government had to call off the cultural event on Sunday. The event was attended by several VVIPs including Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and film stars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.
“I finished my performance got off stage and sat in my car and left… Just then fire on stage broke. Had I gone back would have been caught in fire. But it’s God’s grace that immediate action was taken and the fire brought under control, “ Bachchan, tweeted on Sunday evening.
Aamir Khan also wrote about the mishap on his Facebook page and called the fire accident ‘unfortunate’.
“The evacuation was carried out smoothly resulting in no casualties and no panic. The CM stayed till the end to oversee the evacuation. Excellent disaster management,” Khan had said.