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Survivors get relief material,irked over relocation to Ghatkopar

Survivors of the Baba Genu Municipal Market building collapse in Dockyard Road on Wednesday received monetary compensation and basic amenities.

Survivors of the Baba Genu Municipal Market building collapse in Dockyard Road on Wednesday received monetary compensation and basic amenities such as utensils,grains and blankets from the BMC.

Some people,however,voiced reservation over the alternative accommodation proposed for them in Ghatkopar,as it far from their earlier home.

While items of basic need were distributed to the survivors,acting municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota distributed cheques of Rs 4.5 lakh each to the families of the deceased. Of the 30 people admitted to J J Hospital,two have been discharged.

Yamini Jadhav,a local corporator,said,“The BMC has attempted to provide them basic amenities so that they can start afresh. Most patients will be discharged soon.”

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With regard to relocation,most victims have reservations. Ashok Solanki (34),who lost his wife and daughter in the collapse,said,“I have no place to go to after I get discharged. My only hope is in whatever the BMC provides.” According to Solanki,Ghatkopar is too far from Mazgaon and he is not well acquainted with the area.

Nilesh and wife Deepika Jadhav also voiced their disagreement.”Since I work in Parel and our relatives live in Mazgaon,we don’t want to move to Ghatkopar,” Nilesh said.

Yamini assured the survivors that a housing option close to their previous residence in Dockyard Road would be finalised. On Wednesday,she said she had written to the BMC commissioner and additional municipal commissioner to reconsider relocation to Ghatkopar.

“There is an MHADA building in Gorakdev,Mazgaon,where they can be moved to. Since most of them work there,it is unfair to shift them to Ghatkopar,” Yamini added.

On September 30,the BMC had planned to relocate the survivors to tenements in Ghatkopar,which is 20 km from the Dockyard Road building collapse site.

Items received by each family

*1 pressure cooker

* 56 stainless steel plates

* 200 bowls

* 1 bucket

* 1-kg wheat

* 2-kg rice

* 1-kg lentil

* 1-litre oil

* 50 blankets

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