Seven people,including an eight-year-old girl,were killed and seven 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 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 a.m.
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. They also received information that more than 15 people were feared trapped in the debris. The deceased have been identified 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 ICU,police officers said.
Shiv Sena MLA from Dahisar,Vinod Ghosalkar,said 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 building has been identified as Nemji Gangar,who is a trustee of the Navnit Hospital and also owns other buildings in the locality. Assistant municipal commissioner Santoshkumar Dhonde said,We had declared the building as dilapidated and dangerous three years ago. There was a tenant-owner issue here and the matter was pending in court.