Monday, March 7, 2011

Gutted lives and singed hopes

Mar 07 2011,Mumbai:

After his visit to Garib Nagar late on Sunday evening, Home Minister R R Patil said investigations into the fire would be handed over to the Crime Branch. "They have told us that the fire started off from the other side of the bridge and spread rather rapidly. The Crime

Branch will look into the cause of the fire," Patil told Newsline. Patil added that he would raise the concerns expressed by the locals regarding speedy rehabilitation with the Chief Minister. Additional staff had been appointed to help with the rehabilitation and relief measures announced by the CM, said Patil.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan visited Garib Nagar in the afternoon to take stock of the damage caused by the fire and announced an interim relief of Rs. 25,000 per family.

The state government has also announced the formation of a committee under the Chief Secretary to ensure proper rehabilitation of those who were rendered homeless due to the raging fire which broke out on Friday. The relief money has been announced as a special case from the CM's Relief Fund.

The fire which was brought under control after ten hours, has caused damage to the shanties and a foot overbridge at the Bandra railway station. As many as 25 people were injured of which 13 were undergoing treatment.

Suburban guardian minister Nasim Khan and suburban district communication minister Sachin Ahir accompanied the CM during his visit. A delegation of Congress leaders also met the CM at the spot.

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