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Major fire at Make in India event, CM orders comprehensive inquiry


Mumbai: A major fire broke out at the stage of Cultural programme of ‘Make in India’ here at the Girgaum Chowpatty on Sunday evening. The entire stage set up for the programme was destroyed due to the fire. All the celebrities and dignitaries were safely taken out from the venue.

Fire brigade vehicles were immediately rushed to the spot. No casualty has been reported so far. However the stage and equipment were completely destroyed in the fire.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that a comprehensive inquiry into the incidence of fire will be conducted to ascertain reasons.

“Very unfortunate occurrence of fire in cultural program organised by GoM at Mumbai. No casualties reported and no one is injured. 14 Fire engines, 10 Water Tankers, and all Sr. Fire Officers are on site. Fire now totally under control. Program called off,” Fadnavis said in a series of tweets.

“Venue was evacuated immediately. Traffic management allowed early dispersal without any trouble. A fire safety audit was conducted prior to program and all SOPs were followed. A number of fire fighting equipments were kept stationed at venue,” he said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also spoken to the Maharashtra Chief Minister and enquired about the incident.

According to eye witness, a dance performance was going on and suddenly the stage was on fire.

Shiv Sena chief Udhav Thackeray, Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Amir Khan, Hema Malini, Vivek Oberoi and others were present when the incident took place.

The Make in India Week is being organised in Mumbai, which brought together industrialists from different parts of the country to discuss ways to make India the world’s manufacturing hub.

The Indian government wants global and domestic companies to manufacture in the country in an effort to boost employment and bring down expensive imports. (ANI)

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