Seven peeople,including an eight-year-old girl,were killed and seven others injured as a four-storey building collapsed in Dahisar (East) on Saturday morning.
The building,Piyush Co-operative Housing Society,a dilapidated structure situated adjacent to the railway tracks at Dahisar,was served an eviction notice by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in 2010 and was subsequently evacuated after the buildings foundation reportedly developed cracks.
Civic officials said that the some local vegetable and fruit vendors were staying illegally in the building. Local residents who witnessed the mishap said that the building came crashing down within seconds at 6.30 am.
According to the police,civic and fire officials,on receiving a distress call from local residents five fire brigade engines,three cranes and seven ambulances were rushed to the spot. The also received information that more than 15 people were feared trapped in the debris.
Dahisar building collapse leaves seven dead,seven injured,three incidents in one month
The deceased have been identiifed as Faizan Shaikh (22),Dharmendra Ashok Harijan (22),Sarabjit Yadav (44),Asif Shaikh (22) and the daughter of the buildings watchman Bhagmati Lamsar (8),her uncle Lalsingh (35) and her mother Nandkala Lamsar (30).
The collapse of the building that housed a number of diamond polishing units and 24 commercials units until two years back,is the third such incident this month that has raised questions over the existence of dilapidated buildings in Mumbai and Thane.
On June 10 a part of Aftab Manzil crashed in Mahim while Smruti building collapsed in Mumbra on Friday claiming ten lives each.
Those injured in todays incident are Pramod Prajapati (40),Anilkumar Gupta (21),Ranjitkumar Maory (40),Santosh Prakash Ghone (35),Rambharose Rabhar (22),Govindlal Gupta (35) and Jay Prakash Gupta (44). While six have been admitted to Bhagwati Hospital in Borivali (West),one was taken to Navnit hospital in Dahisar (East). Three of the six admitted in Bhagwati Hospital are in Intensive Care Unit,police officers said.
Shiv Sena MLA from Dahisar,Vinod Ghosalkar,said that the building was due for redevelopment but owing to a dispute between the owner and tenants,the matter is under litigation. Though the commercial building had been evacuated,local vegetable vendors were taking shelter in it every night.
Police officers confirmed that the owner of the buidling has been identifed as Nemji Gangar,who is a trustee of the Navnit Hospital and also owns other buildings in the locality.
Assistant municipal commissioner Santoshkumar Dhonde of the R-North ward,said,We had declared the building as dilapidated and dangerous three years ago. The building was on our C3 category of dilapidated buildings and the residents could move back in after major repairs. But like most other private dilapidated buildings in the city,there was a tenant-owner issue here and the matter was pending in court.
Dhonde said the building had been vacated and boards put up stating that the building was dangerous. However,a watchman and his family were still living on the premises. The building collapsed this morning when vegetable and fruit vendors were unloading their daily stock on the footpath, he said.
While the police has not yet registered a case,officers said they will have to find out from BMC who was in-charge of carrying out the demolition of the building. After we find out who was responsible the BMC,the builder or society members for the demolition,we will probably book them for negligence, said Sunil Deshmukh,assistant commissioner of police,Dahisar.
The Mumbai North (MP) Sanjay Nirupam slammed the corporation for being ill-prepared to handle the situation after the building imploded. He said BMC officials reached the site at Dahisar armed with a small JCB machine and it would take more than 48 hours to remove the debris. Nirupam said,Since the onset of monsoon building collapses have become regular. But the BMC is ill prepared to tackle the disaster.