‘Metal floors for stalls dangerous’
MUMBAI: Catholic groups have raised an alar m over t he Bandra’s Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount church authorities’ move to install metal flooring for stalls at its steps for the upcoming eight-day Mount Mary fair.
They said as the stalls have power connections, the metal floor could be risky for the stall owners. The groups wrote a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday calling for the officials to inspect the stalls.
The church authorities had invited bids to set up 128 stalls at its steps. With the installation work almost complete, the stall owners are raising concerns over the metal flooring.
Rupesh Gomes, a Kandivli resident and a fourth-generation sweet stall owner at the fair, said, “We are concerned about our safety during the fair [which begins on September 13].” He further rued that the vendors paid between Rs15,000 and Rs30,000 for the stalls and that it would have been easier on their pockets if the stalls had wood flooring.
In a letter to the BMC, Gordon D’souza, member of Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC), a community activist group, wrote: “With the monsoons still on, and metal being a conductor of electricity there may be a tragic incident, should the electric wires in and around the floor develop a leak.”
Notably, the stalls at the steps are managed by the church authorities, while the other 430odd stalls outside the church on Mount Mary Road, Rebello Road and St John the Baptist Road are managed and auctioned by the civic body.
Aniceto Periera, vice-rector of the Bandra church, said they were looking into the concerns raised by these groups.