A SECURITY GUARD was injured and as many as 30 cars were damaged when several fire hydrant pipes fell down in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Ghatkopar Saturday. The police have registered a complaint against the builders and contractors of the building. The incident took place at 6.30 am in the basement level two parking lot of a society called ‘The Address’, near R City mall on LBS road in Ghatkopar. According to a resident of the building, the pipes fell when clamps that hold them in place came off.
“The cars were crushed under the pipe and are still trapped there. A security guard received injuries to his head and his shoulders,” said Kailash Daultani, a resident. The guard was treated at Sion hospital.
“It’s a newly-constructed property. The incident could be due to the fault of the builders or L&T, or the ones who installed the pipe. But builders are ultimately responsible,” he added.
“It was fortunate that this happened on a Saturday. On weekdays, people usually take out their cars to go to office to take their kids to school. I don’t even have words to describe what could have happened,” the resident said.
According to the residents, the fire services and police from Parksite police station came to the spot to investigate. A fire team was trying to remove the fallen pipe, but the police advised them not to do so for now. The fire services will remove the pipe on Sunday.
It is yet unclear if the incident occurred because of faulty construction or any other reason. However, a case against builders Wadhwa Residency Private Limited and contractors Nagarwala Engineering Private Limited has been registered at Parksite police station under Sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
The builder, Ansley Wadhwa, could not be reached for comment. However, the Wadhwa group released a statement over the incident, calling it a result of “technical failure”.
“Prima facie it seems that the anchor bolts had malfunctioned and the support snapped at one end. The domino effect caused the pipes to come down,” the Wadhwa group said in the statement. The group confirm that there was no flooding and the access to the area was clear. Restoration of pipes have been taken up on a war-footing, the group claim. “We have taken cognisance of this maintenance issue with our service contractor and are addressing the same to ensure that we do not have to deal with such inconveniences in the future,” the statement further said.