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  • Anurag Goswami

Fire broke out at Bhagirath Palace in Chandni Chowk area of New Delhi on Nov 24

A tensed situation was formed during the night hours of November 24 when a massive fire broke out at the wholesale market for electronics in the Bhagirath Palace area of Chandni Chowk in New Delhi. The tragic incident took place at around 9:20 pm inducing a chaotic situation in the area. According to the reports, the traders of the market are suspecting short-circuit to be the cause of the fire.

This situation raised a wave of panic among the locals present in the surrounding of the market as the area was soon engulfed with billowing smoke. The fire department and the police department were soon informed regarding the menacing situation.

At first around 14 fire tenders from various locations rushed to the spot to fight the flames. They firstly evacuated all the people living near the area and then started extinguishing the flame. Later, when the situation was going out of control more 150 fire tenders were deployed at the spot to control the blaze. The fire tenders faced a lot of difficulties to douse off the flames as the narrow lanes and congested area posed a major challenge for them. There was shortage of water in the area for which they were not able to use remote-controlled machines for the operations and also the buildings were weak. Finally, after 5 days (on November 29) they managed to control the blaze.

According to the reports, around 250 shops were gutted in fire while 5 buildings were completely or partially burnt and 3 buildings collapsed due to the blaze. No casualties were reported in this incident. Moreover, the traders of the market have claimed that they suffered losses of over Rs 400 crore. Meanwhile, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), a traders’ body have requested the Centre, the Delhi Government and Insurance Companies to help start the rehabilitation work for the affected traders of the market.

Furthermore, a case under IPC section 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) and section 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) has also been registered after the menacing situation.

The analysts of Cybertech Risk Center generated real-time alerts on this incident and closely monitored the situation providing its clients with timely alerts about the same. We at Cybertech Risk center covers Explosion, High Rise Fire, Industrial Fire, Structure Fire, Vehicle Fire under the “Fire” category that could be the reason of disruption for the client’s business continuity process, working in collaboration with NC4 providing pan India coverage.

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