After the fire, Mumbai’s planners should take stock
In reference to your online story Huge fire at Mumbai restaurant kills at least 14
(December 29), it is horrendous that so many people lost their lives.
The accident underscores the deteriorating infrastructure in Mumbai.
Some decades ago, the mills in central Mumbai, where the fire took hold, were closed due to overcrowding. These plots should have become public gardens. Instead, they were converted into shops, restaurants and offices.
Today, that area of the city has become an urban jungle. The expansion in business and residential facilities has not been supported by any improvement in infrastructure.
Unless the government can upgrade the neighbourhood, it is best not to build more offices or restaurants in the mill areas. We are risking human lives with unplanned expansion, as the fire showed, costing 14 lives.
Rajendra Aneja, Dubai