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Two killed, 11 injured in Mumbai slum fire; 2000 shanties destroyed

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Mumbai: A massive fire in Mumbai’s Damu Nagar slums of Kandivali area on Monday killed two people and injured 11 others.

Multiple gas cylinder explosions triggered the fire that gutted down at least 2000 shanties, locals said.

16 fire brigade engines rushed to the spot to contain the situation.

Fire department officials seized 25-30 cooking gas cylinders that had exploded and handed them over to the Samta Nagar police for further investigations.

Gusty winds fuelled the fire and resulted in its rapid spread. According to reports, more than 50 per cent of the shanties had an average of two gas cylinders.

The incident once again highlighted the unsafe living conditions present in the slums. The haphazard arrangement of shanties with very little space between adjacent huts, loose electrical connections, no proper structures, illegal storage of gas cylinders without any safety precautions, etc. made the slum areas more susceptible to accidents and human loss.

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Swiggy to use digital payments for delivery fleet

Founded in 2014, Swiggy aims to "change the way India eats" and is currently operational in cities like New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai among a few others

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Encouraging Digital Transactions by exempting service tax on Cards (Wikimedia commons)
  • Swiggy is an online food ordering platform
  • It will now allow digital payments for delivery feet
  • this method will prevent any leakage in cash payment process

Online food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy on Monday said it would use privately-run ICICI Bank to allow its delivery fleet to make digital payments.

“Through the use of Unified Payment Interface (UPI)-based solution for instant fund transfers and automated cash deposit machines at ICICI Bank branches and ATMs across the country, the delivery fleet will have a hassle-free way of transferring funds,” the company said in a statement. Swiggy operates with a fleet of over 20,000 delivery persons delivering food from over 25,000 restaurants across 12 cities.

These digital payments will prevent leakage in cash payments. Wikimedia Commons

With cash-on-delivery being a widely used method of payment on the platform, the digital payment methods allow the delivery men to quickly transfer the funds to Swiggy, saving their time, according to the statement.

“With the delivery fleet being the backbone of Swiggy, the adoption of the digital payment solutions will support the ease of operations and save their time and thousands of kilometres of travel,” said the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rahul Bothra in the statement. The digital payment methods will also help in preventing any cash leakages, the company said.

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Founded in 2014, Swiggy aims to “change the way India eats” and is currently operational in cities like New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai among a few others. IANS

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