Massive Fire At Make In India


MUMBAI: The massive fire that broke out during a cultural event at the Make In India week in Mumbai this evening has been brought under control after continuous efforts by fire fighters for nearly 30 minutes. There has been no casualty.
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The ‘Maharashtra Night’ was the flagship event of the Maharashtra government and a number of politicians – including the Chief Minister and the Governor — and celebrities were attending it.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, actors Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan, actor and politician Hema Malini, have been safely evacuated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Mr Fadnavis regarding the fire, the PM’s office tweeted.
The programme was being held at the Girgaum Chowpatty, for which the authorities had to take permission from the Supreme Court.
The fire started just after the stage performance of actor Amitabh Bachchan, when a lavani or dance performance was underway. It spread rapidly, with the strong wind from the sea till the stage — a creation of Bollywood set designer Nitin Desai — was gutted.
“14 Fire engines, 10 Water Tankers, and all Sr. Fire Officers are on site. Fire now totally under control. Program called off,” Chief Minister Mr Fadnavis tweeted. A comprehensive inquiry will be he held ascertain the reasons, he had added.
“A small spark in front of the stage caused fire and it spread because of the wind,” said the chief of Mumbai fire brigade.
There were around 8,000 members of the audience and 4,000 crew members. A tragedy was averted as the programme was being held at an open area. The people could rush to the beach and the Marine Drive.
Praising the evacuation efforts of the authorities, actor Aamir Khan said, “The police and fire department did a wonderful job. Also, I have to congratulate the Chief Minister for leading from the front.”
On Saturday, PM Modi had inaugurated the Make in India Week — a showcase event for the government’s flagship manufacturing scheme. Government delegations from 49 nations and business delegations from 68 are taking part in the week-long event.