Abandoned vehicle gutted at Sewri

Abandoned vehicle gutted at Sewri 2
The vehicle had been parked at Rajiv Industrial in Sewri’s Munmill Compound

A parked and abandoned vehicle was completely gutted in a fire at Mumbai’s Sewri area on Thursday night.

According to preliminary information, the fire broke out in a pickup, likely a Mahindra Genio, late last night while it was parked at Rajiv Industrial in Sewri’s Munmill Compound.

The vehicle had been parked at the same spot since the last six months.

Locals alerted the fire department about the mishap, following which one fire tender was dispatched to douse the blaze. The fire was brought under control in a matter of minutes.

Abandoned vehicle gutted at Sewri 1
The fire was brought under control after a few minutes of firefighting

While the vehicle was completely gutted in the fire, no casualties were reported. The cause of the fire was not known as of publishing this. Meanwhile, cops are trying to track the owner of the vehicle.

Civic chief Ajoy Mehta had ordered action against abandoned vehicles last August, following which the BMC had initiated a drive to rid the city’s roads of such vehicles in December.

Mehta gave the order in the wake of multiple complaints from citizens about abandoned vehicles encroaching on the road or posing a potential security threat.

Abandoned vehicle gutted at Sewri
No casualties were reported in the mishap

Process for abandoned vehicles:

Under Section 314 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1884, the civic body can tow unclaimed vehicles after giving a 48-hour notice. If the vehicle is not removed during that period, the vehicle is towed away.

Local and traffic police are alerted about the action to ascertain if the vehicle is reported stolen or used in a crime. If it remains unclaimed for more than three months, it is auctioned off.

Over 2,200 such vehicles were towed in Mumbai in 2017.

Citizens can complaint against such vehicles online on www.mcgm.gov.in or by calling 1916.

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