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Major fire at Lotus Business Park building in Mumbai

Strong winds at the top further aggravated the intensity of the flames at Lotus Business Centre at Andheri in Mumbai


Fire brigade, Navy and Coast Guard personnel are fighting a grim battle to rescue firemen trapped on the terrace of a 22-storey commercial building blazing up in a western Mumbai suburb where two helicopters have been pressed into service to evacuate them.


A Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) official said that around 15-20 fire fighters were stuck on the terrace of Lotus Business Park on Andheri Link road.


Dramatic video footages showed Navy and and Coast Guard helicopters lowering ropes on the rooftop to help the stranded firemen clamber up to safety from their perilous perch.


An unspecified number of fire fighters have so far been rescued after showers reduced the intensity of the blaze that forced them to cling precariously to railings and scaffoldings of the glass-facade tower, raising fears about their safety.


The choppers were rushed to the rescue of stranded firemen after gusty winds fanned the fire making their evacuation impossible by any other means.


According to fire brigade officials, 22 fire engines, 10 water tankers and 6 jetties have been deployed to quell the blaze.


"We have also requested the Thane Municipal Corporation and the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and others to provide additional fire engines to help us bring the fire under control," the officer said.


"We had initially categorised the fire at Grade 2 and sent 12 fire engines to the spot. The strong winds at the top further aggravated the intensity of the flames and we have now further upgraded the fire to the top notch," the official added.


According to officials, the blaze started on the 21st floor of the building around 11:30am and soon spread to the 20th floor.


There were no reports of any civilian casualties yet as people working in the offices were quickly evacuated by the fire brigade.


"We got a request from the fire brigade to provide aerial help to the firemen who have been stuck on the 22 storey commercial building. The Indian Navy has deployed a Seeking Charlie helicopter and the Coastguard a Chetak to rescue them," a Navy spokesperson has said.




3 years ago

Fire at lotus this is so bad..
some one shots these video on the spot..

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Adani and Posco to build rail line in Australia
The agreement gives exclusive rights to Posco E&C to be the EPC contractor for the 388kms greenfield standard gauge rail  to the Galilee Basin coal reserves in Queensland, Australia
India's Adani Group company, Adani Mining and Posco E&C, a unit of South Korea's Posco, on Friday signed an agreement to develop a rail line to the Galilee Basin coal reserves in Queensland.
"The rail project will lead to the opening of the Carmichael mine project which will deliver in excess of 10,000 jobs, and will also provide vital opportunities for Australian industry involvement," Adani Group said in a statement.
The agreement gives exclusive rights to Posco E&C to be the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the 388kms greenfield standard gauge rail.
The binding agreement has set clear pathways to execute the final contract by the end of this year, the statement said.
"It will provide vital opportunities for Australian Infrastructure development and contribute to energy security of India by lighting the lives of millions of Indians," Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani said in the statement.
Jeyakumar Janakaraj, chief executive and country head of Adani Australia, said, "The binding agreement will enable us to develop a cost efficient rail solution and this relationship gives Adani access to Korean market, Posco's expertise and capital."
"This is the largest EPC project in the region for Posco E&C, and we will put in our best efforts to maximise our engineering, procurement and financing capabilities to successfully complete the construction," Posco E&C President and CEO, Tae-Hyun Hwang said.
Adani and Posco E&C will jointly manage the development of this rail line.
The Queensland Government has declared the rail corridor as a Strategic Development Area, the statement said.


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