Previously, we informed you about the massive fire that emerged out in Lotus Business Park Andheri. The incident killed one brave fireman named Nitin Lvalekar.
Director Rakesh Roshan has joined hands with other owners of the building to offer compensation to the fireman’s wife.
“We’ve decided to give the wife a cheque of Rs 15 lakh. It is nothing to compensate for his death. But it will help her with her son’s education,” Rakesh said.
Reportedly, the fireman’s wife demanded a written assurance from the govt. that the deceased fire fighter’s family would be financially looked after. But, it is not yet known what action the state govt. has taken to compensate the family.
“What happened was a terrible accident and ‘not sheer bad luck’, as a section of the media has wrongly quoted me as saying. A word like ‘luck’ reduces the enormity of the terrible occurrence. No. I think what happened was way beyond bad luck,” said Rakesh, who owns notable property in the ill-fated building.
“And when we heard about the brave fireman’s death and his wife and child we were deeply shaken. We thought we must do something,” he added.
The Krrish 3 director feels that such accidents shouldn’t be regarded as only the government’s problem.
“In a high-rise building there are many floors owned by people who can afford to compensate personally for damages if and when such an accident occurs. There were 22 floors in the building were the fire broke out. The fire broke out on the 21st floor. But the firemen could only reach up to the 17th floor. What if the building was much taller?” Rakesh added.
“There were all the fire-safety equipments in the building. But nobody seemed aware of how to use them in the building. Given the risky situation, anything could have happened. Many lives could have been lost. One man did lose his life. And he died trying to save property and lives. I think we in the building owe it to the deceased man’s party to make small monetary compensation,” said the father of superstar Hrithik Roshan.
Mr. Roshan says that he only owns a property in Lotus Business Park.
“We have no active business concerns in the building. Miraculously, no damage has occurred within the property because of the strong fire-proof windows. We are told we can re-occupy our property in two months. But we need to do some serious thinking about safety measures in high-rise buildings,” he said in a statement.