3 women die as wall collapses

Dandekar Bridge area: 15-ft high compound wall of residential society gives way as heavy rains continue to lash city z Cops don’t rule out more casualties z Will conduct probe,says ACP

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: June 17, 2013 1:51 am

Three women lost their lives after the compound wall of a residential society near Dandekar Bridge collapsed on Sunday night following continuous rains in the city. Rescue operations by fire brigade personnel were on till late night and the police did not rule out more casualties.

Around 7.45 pm,the 15-foot high compound wall of Suvarnanand Park,which had been constructed recently,collapsed on the road that goes towards Dattawadi from Dandekar Bridge. Till the last reports came in,the fire brigade teams had taken out three middle-aged women from the debris. All three were taken to the Sassoon General Hospital where they were declared dead on arrival. They are Madhavi Pangarkar,Meera Athalye and Sharada Majhire.

Fire brigade chief Prashant Ranpise said: “The fire brigade control room got a call around 7.45 pm. It’s a 15-foot-high wall and a 50-60-foot-long portion of it has collapsed on the road. Several vehicles that were parked along the wall have also got crushed. Three women were taken out. We do not rule out the possibility of more persons being trapped under the debris. As of now,we do not know of anyone trapped inside the crushed four-wheelers.”

Police sources said the residential society had initially built the wall a few feet high and recently extended the height. There were allegations that there were no columns of reinforced cement concrete (RCC) to the wall,which made it very weak. The police,however,did not comment on this.

Additional Commissioner of Police Chandrashekhar Daithankar said: “We will conduct an inquiry into the case to find out who is responsible for the mishap.”

Ranpise added: “Our teams are trying to remove all the debris to find out if there is still anybody trapped underneath. No one here is sure how many people were walking by or standing along the wall when the incident took place.” More than 40 firemen were part of the rescue operation that was on with the help of various rescue vans,earthmovers and other equipment.

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