No rehabilitation for Mumbra collapse victims

A day after a ground-plus-three storey building came crashing down in Mumbra,killing 10 and injuring 14 people,the future of the survivors seems bleak as Thane Municipal Corporation can only provide them with transit accommodation and not rehabilitate them.

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Published:June 23, 2013 2:23 am

A day after a ground-plus-three storey building came crashing down in Mumbra,killing 10 and injuring 14 people,the future of the survivors seems bleak as Thane Municipal Corporation can only provide them with transit accommodation and not rehabilitate them. With no home left,the survivors set out to salvage their belongings from the debris Saturday.

“As per rules,we can only provide rehabilitation to project affected people. For the victims of Friday’s collapse,we have provided transit accommodation at a school near the spot,” said Assistant Municipal Commissioner Shyamsunder Patil,Thane.

“I tried to salvage whatever I could. I only found some utensils. All my money and my wife’s jewellery are gone,” said Ibrahim Momin (30),a cook who lived on the second floor of Smruti building with his wife,daughter and two brothers. “I was among those who managed to get out in time. I am currently staying at a cousin’s house in Amrut Nagar,Mumbra,” he said. Momin’s father had bought a flat in the ill-fated building 10 years ago.

Mohan Bhati,who had a steel home appliances store on the ground floor,said his losses ran into Rs 4-5 crore. “I had been running the store since 1991. I don’t know how I will start afresh. Yesterday,there were hordes of political leaders posing for cameras. None of them has shown their face today,” he said.

Police have not registered any offence yet. Till Friday evening,officials had recorded the statements of the injured victims. “We have not yet received records of the building from TMC. We will need to examine them before we take any step,” said senior inspector Shivshankar Munde.

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