August 26, 2009 1:18:11 am
The front portion of a five-storeyed building in the congested Grant Road area in Central Mumbai collapsed on Tuesday evening,trapping several residents. As many as five persons were rescued till late in the night. The balcony part of Yousuf Building on Lamington Road crashed around 7 pm.
The building was not included in the list of dilapidated buildings by MHADA
According to residents of the area,the building is around 85 years old. Bamboos were used to support the structure in view of a construction work being carried out on one of the two shops on the ground floor. However,the officials said the exact reason for collapse was yet to be ascertained.
The residents of the building had asked for permission for repairs and we had accordingly allotted an no objection certificate. There were some disputes with the shop owners but the reason for the collapse cannot be stated now, said deputy chief engineer (MHADA) Balbir Sehgal.
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Dinesh Raikar from Bhandup,a witness to the incident,said,The whole area was covered with dust after the part collapsed.
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