A day after the building collapse, affected families gathered at the site hoping to salvage valuables and important documents.
Electronic appliances and furniture, and other household goods, were damaged. Several families were in tears. The affected, a mix of flat owners and tenants, expressed immediate concern over finding new accommodation.
Sandeep Chaugule, a tenant said he rushed out of the house empty handed. “I have no idea whether I will get my gold jewellery, money and important documents back. I forgot to pick up my cellphone while coming out as we all panicked. We had given post-dated cheques to our landlord as rent along with a hefty deposit. It needs to be recovered before searching for new accommodation,” said Chaugule.
Anil Rajput, 45, owner of one of the flats, said he had taken a bank loan of Rs 24 lakh for the house. “We shifted last December and within a year have lost everything. Besides gold jewellery and other valuables, I lost two laptops, a big LED TV set, washing machine and furniture,” he said, demanding compensation.
Rajput said some men sent by the builder approached them and offered temporary accommodation. “We want a new strong home. Nothing less,” he said. Shrinivas Deshpande, another flat owner, said loss of valuables and belongings has been reported to police and officials from district administration at the site. “We hope to get justice soon.”
Some families complained that removal of debris was on at a tardy pace. When contacted, D S Kumbhar, Haveli Tehsildar, said the district administration had taken over operations from Saturday after workforce of PMC left. “Adequate machinery is being roped in. It could take some more hours,” he said.