A 62-year-old man died and two others were injured after a section of a four-storeyed building collapsed on Friday in Ulhasnagar. After the rescue operation was over, the building, which was primarily residential, was vacated and cordoned off by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC).
Civic officials stated that the 20-year old building named Sindri Sagar was not illegal and had 12 flats and seven shops. Around 7:30 pm, the walls on one side of the building collapsed on all four floors.
“The building was not dilapidated. Many of the flats were vacant. We have severed the electricity and water connection. We will conduct a structural audit on Sunday, after which we will get more clarity on the cause for the partial collapse,” an official from the municipal corporation said.
The building will remain vacant until it can be declared structurally safe again.
The deceased, 62-year-old Manoharlal Kamria, was reportedly sitting in his drawing room when one of the walls of his flat collapsed. “My brother has been living in the building since 1996 with his family. The building had not been issued any notice and none of us expected this to happen,” said Rishi Kambria, his younger brother. Rishi added that his 34-year old nephew Vinod Kamria had also sustained injuries.
The municipal commissioner of UMC, Rajendra Nimbalkar, said that after the incident, he has ordered a structural audit of the building as well as an inquiry into the cause of the collapse.
“After this incident, we are planning to make it mandatory for all buildings over 10 years old to conduct regular structural audits and submit the results to the corporation,” Nimbalkar said.