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Low-key New Year festivities in Mumbai

DH News Service, Mumbai, Dec 30 2017, 16:29 IST
The disaster of the 1Above pub has put a dampener on the New Year festivities being planned across Mumbai, with some people outright cancelling their plans to go out to party.

The disaster of the 1Above pub has put a dampener on the New Year festivities being planned across Mumbai, with some people outright cancelling their plans to go out to party.

Social media is abuzz with a call to curtail New Year Eve festivities and launch a campaign for fire safety in the wake of the devastating fire at 1Above-Mojo's Bistro fine-dining restaurant and pub in the Kamala Mills compound that claimed 14 lives and injured several others.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp were flooded with messages by commoners and celebrities condoling the death of those who perished in the fire and lashing out at authorities.

A group called Sahas Foundation has called for a candle march at the Marine Drive at the stroke of midnight on 31 December night to pay tributes to the victims of the fire.

"What happened yesterday is sad and very unfortunate. The moot point is why this happens time & again and more importantly why have we become a postmortem nation instead of being a proactive nation. Postmortem only tells us the cause of the death. How do we prevent such incidents should be the focus. So, we have no plans for any celebration," said Albert Amanna, who is associated with the hotel and hospitality industry.

"This tragedy has confirmed my not going out with the family to any place during this New Year. I was already contemplating -- while you pay a premium price on these days, the service and the food offered does not give you the value for money. Everyone tries to make their last buck sadly," said JP Vaghani, a businessman.

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