Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met the aggrieved families of victims of Bawana fire incident and handed over ex gratia cheques to them. The Chief Minister heard the family members of the workers who had died during the deadly fire in an illegally run cracker manufacturing unit in Bawana Industrial Area on last Saturday.
As many as 17 people, including 10 women were killed in the blaze. The workers were trapped inside as owner of the factory had locked it from outside to prevent workers from taking away crackers.
“Chief Minister distributed compensation cheques of Rs 5 lakh each to families of 17 people who died in the incident,” an official of Delhi Government said, adding he also assured them of all possible help from the Government.
The AAP Government has blamed the BJP-run civic body for the incident. In its preliminary report, the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) said it does not have any regulatory functions nor is mandated to issue any type of license or permission for factory construction.
Citing the report, Delhi Industries Minister Satyendar Jain had said the responsibility of issuing license and approving building plans lies with the municipal corporations and they should have taken care of it.