On October 18, Koramangala’s popular Mudpipe Cafe located opposite Nexus (formerly, Forum Mall) caught fire due to a cylinder blast. The upper floors of the building were engulfed in smoke. One employee of the cafe jumped off the building to save his life and sustained critical injuries and multiple fractures. After this spine-chilling incident, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) carried out inspections. It shut down 21 eateries and pubs in Bangalore for violating rules.
BBMP Shuts Down 21 Eateries & Pubs In Bangalore
According to a report by The Indian Express, BBMP shut down 21 restaurants and pubs and then issued notice to 167 others for flouting guidelines on hygiene, waste disposal and fire safety. A BBMP officer revealed to The Indian Express that even rooftop restaurants operating without permission weren’t spared from the notice.
So, which of the pubs and restaurants faced the wrath of BBMP? Well, some of them are Church Street’s Chugg Gastro Bar, HBR Layout’s Writers Cafe, Heart Breaker Pub and MRP in Bommanahalli and Outer Ring Road’s Café 23, JP Nagar’s Cafe Mist, HRBR’s IDC and Alladin Hukka Bar on St Mark’s Road. There are many more bars and restaurants in the west and south zones that received notices from BBMP and were even shut down.
The administrative body also shut down hookah bars that didn’t have licenses for hookah. All BBMP zones are carrying out these safety inspections. A report by The News Minute reveals that 232 establishments were inspected on the first day. On the first day itself, BBMP discovered many establishments were flouting guidelines. So, it shut down 12 of them and issued notice to 86 others. On the second day of inspection, BBMP issued notices to 67 restaurants and pubs and shut down 21 of them.
As per data from The Hindu, BBMP issued notices to a total of 1118 restaurants, pubs and bars. The highest number of them, 248 are located in the south zone. A BBMP source revealed to The Hindu that the administrative body will mercilessly shut down illegal joints and those establishments flouting specific rules will be asked to fix the issue.
Mudpipe Incident Draws Light On Lack Of Fire Safety In Establishments
The Mudpipe Cafe fire incident drew light on the fact that there are many restaurants and pubs in Bangalore operating without proper fire safety measures. The gas leak caused an explosion in the cafe which is perched on the terrace of a four-storeyed building on Hosur Main Road. The road is popular for housing Forum Mall, Christ University and other well-known landmarks.
Major fire near Prestige Acropolis building in #Bangalore .
— ARVIND AKSHAY 🤘🏿 (@God_Of_Pot) October 18, 2023
With Mudpipe catching fire, a chef in the restaurant, Prem Kumar jumped from the terrace to escape the fire. He sustained critical injuries. And even faced multiple fractures. Also, the Nexus showroom located in the same building faced damages to several vehicles.
It’s not just Mudpipe Cafe that was affected even Nexus showroom and Cult Fit gym faced the brunt of the lack of fire safety measures by the restaurant cum hookah bar. Occupants were evacuated immediately but the damage to property was brutal and the risk it put on the occupants of the building cannot be ignored.
Reportedly Mudpipe Cafe (Hukkah bar), burnt down due to fire. Seems it's because of cylinder blast.
— Masala Dose – ಮಸಾಲೆ ದೋಸೆ (@DosaSpeaks) October 18, 2023
BBMP is leaving no stone unturned to ensure such an incident doesn’t happen in Bangalore again. Meanwhile, what is your take on restaurants violating fire safety rules in Bangalore?
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