Mumbai building collapse: The Gujjars are yet to get back to their daily routine

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Written by Sharvari Patwa | Published: October 6, 2013 3:02 am

In the course of a minute,the Gujjars lost their second-hand car. When the Babu Genu Market Building II at Dockyard Road in Mumbai came crashing down at 5.45 am on September 27,it also reduced to rubble their Maruti Esteem,bought with money saved over 14 years. They parked it in a spot in the compound that was common to Baba Genu Market Building II and their own,the Building I.

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It could have been worse,says Alka Gujjar,37. Her 15-year-old daughter Roshani always checked on the car each day around that time. “It was her ritual. She would go at 6.45 am and then head to school,” shudders Alka.

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The Gujjars,who live in a 180-sq-ft apartment in Babu Genu Market Building I,have lost sense of time since that morning. With the collapse killing 61 people and leaving 33 injured—many of them friends—any semblance of a daily ritual has been lost.

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An early riser,Alka remembers the building falling down like a “house of cards”. “When I heard the noise and rushed towards the common balcony,I thought it was the building behind us that had collapsed,” she says.

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The memory keeps her and her husband Hanmant,47,awake at night. “We fight sleep. I fear our building may collapse at night,” she admits.

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