Bandra fire: Maha govt announces interim relief for victims
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 20:10
Mumbai: Maharashtra Government on Saturday announced an interim relief of Rs 1000 each for those who have been rendered homeless in last night's blaze in a Bandra slum colony along the railway line.

Mumbai Suburban Guardian minister Mohamed Arif Naseem Khan visited the place today where the fire ravaged the houses of over 2,000 families last night.

He said the district collectorate office has been instructed to conduct a panchnama to ascertain the actual loss of property.

Temporary relief camps have been set up to house the residents who have lost their belongings. Food and medicines are being provided to them.

"The administration will provide interim monetary relief of Rs 1000 per person and maximum of Rs 5000 to single family," he added.

At least 21 people, including four firemen, were injured and over 2,000 people, including 'Slumdog Millionaire' child actor Rubina Ali, were rendered homeless due to the fire.

Neerja Matoo of the Jai Ho Trust said Rubina and her family are slated to shift to a new house alloted to them by the Trust soon. The other child actor, Azhar, who also lived in the slum, shifted to the new house last year.

The fire broke out in Garib Nagar slums near Bandra (East) railway station yesterday after which 34 fire engines and 16 jumbo water tankers were rushed to the spot.

The flames were doused around 12.30 am. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained but initial reports say five gas cylinders exploded due to which the fire spread quickly.


First Published: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 20:10

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