The dominant feeling among local residents whose buildings are part of the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust’s (SBUT) cluster redevelopment project is to avoid a fate which the residents of Husaini building on Pakmodia Street suffered when it came crashing down on Thursday morning.
Over the next two hours, the 35-year-old scrambled in the dark calling out the names of four other labourers who were right beside him when the building collapsed. “I moved in the dark, stretching my hands but could not find them,” he says.
Ravindra Waikar, minister of state for housing, convened a meeting about the dilapidated cessed buildings. He instructed officials that these buildings be vacated and the residents moved to 1,528 transit accommodation provided by the MHADA.