An employee of the GST Bhavan showed immense courage and patriotism when he climbed nine floors of the fire-hit building on Monday to save the national tricolour from being burnt.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray felicitated Kunal Jadhav for his brave act.
Mr Jadhav was on the ground floor of the GST Bhavan in South Mumbai when rescue operations were on in the multi- storey building hit by a massive fire on Monday afternoon.
When he realised the national flag was still on the building, he ran without caring for his life and hurriedly climbed nine floors to save the tricolour from catching fire.
PWD Minister Ashok Chavan had put out a tweet praising Mr Jadhav after he read about his brave act.
Mr Jadhav was called to a guest house in south Mumbai and felicitated by Uddhav Thackeray after the cabinet meeting.
मुंबई येथील #GST भवनच्या आगीत जीवाची पर्वा न करता पेटत्या इमारतीचे ९ मजले पळत चढून जाणारे आणि #तिरंगा सुखरूप आणणारे कर्मचारी कुणाल जाधव यांना आज सायंकाळी मी सह्याद्री अतिथीगृहावर बोलावून घेतले व मुख्यमंत्र्यांच्या हस्ते त्यांचा छोटेखानी सत्कार केला.@CMOMaharashtra@OfficeofUTpic.twitter.com/DbIpDnBzZw— Ashok Chavan (@AshokChavanINC) February 19, 2020
The fire had started on the ninth floor of the 10-storey government-owned building. Thereafter, all employees were safely evacuated from the building and there were no casualties in the incident.