A fire erupted in a textile factory in New Dehli, India, killing at least six workers, including four women.
The blaze proved difficult to extinguish, keeping seven units of firefighters on the scene for more than three hours. A fire department official said, “The initial investigation suggests that a short circuit was the cause of the fire, but a definitive conclusion has still not been reached.”
The fire began in a two-story building in the New Ranjit Nagar district. Reports from onlookers say the fire started on the first floor of the building and spread rapidly.
Factory fires are a common occurrence in India, usually due to dilapidated buildings with outdated electrical wiring, heavy machinery poorly maintained and a general lack of attention to safety procedures. In fact, another factory fire last week killed nine in Tamil Nadu.
Especially following the Rana Plaza building collapse that claimed more than 1,100 lives in Bangladesh, India has been aggressively promoting itself as serious about regulatory compliance. To this end, he promoted the strenuous efforts of the Development Initiative for Self-reliance and Human Advancement (DISHA), an agency that describes itself as a “secular, social, apolitical, non-profit and a non-government organization.” Inaugurated in 2004 as a public, charitable trust, the organization helps promote and oversee social compliance, particularly among textile and garment factories in India. It is also charged with an unusually expansive laundry list of other diverse responsibilities including economic inequality, education, discrimination and the alleviation of poverty.
Nevertheless, India has struggled to update its factories, formulating new regulatory code with greater efficiency than its subsequent enforcement.