many shops on the MP Road next to SM street (Sweet Meat Street) gutted and
seven lives lost, yesterday’s huge fire accident at SM Street known as
‘Mittai Theru’ was a very tragic event.
We hope that it will be an eye opener to
both those who sell fire crackers in the midst of such busy commercial
centers dotted with textile shops, stationary shops, etc and also to
authorities who permit such business.
In circumstances where lives may be
lost, both authorities and those who actually carry out such activities must
be even more vigilant. One recent example of such gross neglect is
boat tragedy where it ended in calamity.
Famed Mittai Theru is part of Malabar’s
heritage. Any damage to it is sentimental to people from the entire region
who frequent these streets for serious shopping.
According to the latest media reports,
Bomb Squad is in the SM Street to checkout on any sabotage possibilities as
the cause of this accident is not yet ascertained. However, even the mass
storage of these fire cracker shops are said to be located in this busy area
always flooded with shoppers.
This was an accident in waiting and now
the authorities are talking about moving all fire cracker shops out of the
city. It is always the case that a solution is sought after the lives have
been lost. This is because rules and regulations have neither been made
nor enforced on the ground effectively.
Authorities seem to have done their best
once the accident was known. Services of the defense establishments have
been particularly commendable. Due to the crackers bursting all along, local
firemen have found it hard to cope, their ability to contain the fire
Eye witnesses are said to talk of an
explosion at the beginning of the fire which did not quiet resemble fire
People’s lives and livelihood has been
lost and an inquiry must be conducted immediately and facts found out. Also,
steps should be taken so that such incidents never repeat.
- T. P. Gopinath writing from Dubai
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