A major fire broke out at the stage of Cultural programme of 'Make in India' here at the Girgaum Chowpatty on Sunday evening. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena chief Udhav Thackeray, Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Hema Malini, Vivek Oberoi and others were present when the incident took place.
Fire brigade vehicles were immediately rushed to the spot. No casualty has been reported so far. However the stage and equipment were completely destroyed in the fire. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that a comprehensive inquiry into the incidence of fire will be conducted to ascertain reasons.
"Very unfortunate occurrence of fire in cultural program organised by GoM at Mumbai. No casualties reported and no one is injured. 14 Fire engines, 10 Water Tankers, and all Sr. Fire Officers are on site. Fire now totally under control. Program called off," Fadnavis said in a series of tweets.
"Venue was evacuated immediately. Traffic management allowed early dispersal without any trouble. A fire safety audit was conducted prior to program and all SOPs were followed. A number of fire fighting equipments were kept stationed at venue," he said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also spoken to the Maharashtra Chief Minister and enquired about the incident. According to eye witness, a dance performance was going on and suddenly the stage was on fire.
Make in India is a flagship event designed to impart greater momentum to the initiative to boost the manufacturing sector in the country. The Make in India Week is aimed at showcasing to the world the achievements of the nation in the manufacturing sector and promote India as a preferred manufacturing destination.