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Pune wall collapse HIGHLIGHTS: 15 killed, builders booked for culpable homicide

Pune rain HIGHLIGHTS: Search and rescue operations have been called off. Three persons were taken out alive and are being treated at a hospital for multiple serious injuries. A stop work order has been issued at the construction site.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune | Updated: June 29, 2019 9:38:36 pm
Wall collapses due to rain in pune, pune wall collapse, pune news, kondhwa wall collapse Pune wall collapse: At least 15 people, including four children, were killed in Pune’s Kondhwa area on Saturday morning. (Express Photo: Arul Horizon)

At least 15 people, including four children, were killed Saturday morning after a compound wall collapsed at a construction site in Pune’s Kondhwa area. All 15, belonging to families of labourers, were housed in temporary shelters built at the site near Talab Masjid. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis set up an inquiry and announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the next of kin.

Search and rescue operations have been called off. Three persons were taken out alive and are being treated at a hospital for multiple serious injuries. A stop work order has been issued at the construction site.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Maharashtra Revenue Minister and Pune Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil said most of the deceased are from Bihar.

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Pune wall collapse HIGHLIGHTS: Rescue operations have been called off, where several people are feared trapped under the debris. For the latest updates below.

20:50 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Pune police arrests 2 people, FIR lodged against 8

Pune police have arrested two people, ANI reported.An FIR has been registered against eight people, including construction builders, site engineer, construction supervisor at Kondhwa Police station.

19:08 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Five months ago, residents had told builder wall was tilting outward

The residents of Alcon Stylus alleged that they had cautioned the developer of the housing society about the dagerous condition of the retaining wall of one of the buildings five monthe ago, however, no action was taken, PTI reported.

"We had a meeting on February 16 with Vivek Agarwal (a partner at Alcon Landmarks) over the pending works. We highlighted the condition of the wall, told him that it was tilting outward and its construction quality was not satisfactory," PTI quoted a resident of the housing society as saying. 

18:46 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Bihar CM announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for victims

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condoled the death of 15 people and announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the families of each of the deceased, PTI reported. A statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office in Patna said Kumar has expressed "deep sorrow over the wall collapse at Kondhwa in Pune and condoled the death of 15 people from Katihar district in Bihar".

18:31 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Builders booked for culpable homicide

A case of culpable homicide has been registered against the developers of two residential projects, site engineers and labour contractors, PTI quoted an officer.

17:35 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Intensity of impact increased as many cars parked along wall: Pune MC commissioner

Pune Mumnisipal Corporation commissioner Saurabh Rao said the incident took place between 1.30 am and 1.45 am at Kondhwa. He said prima facie, it appears the soil may have loosened due to heavy rain coupled with the excavation work that was carried out "irresponsibly" close to the retaining wall of the housing society. The intensity of the impact increased as many cars parked along the wall inside the society too fell on the shanties, officials said.

"Deep excavation work was going on at the site adjacent to the Alcon Stylus society. The retaining wall which caved in was located between the under-construction site and the housing society," Rao said.

17:29 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Pune MP, Patil meet man who survived accident

Pune MP Girish Bapat and district's guardian minister Chandrakant Patil chat with survivor Bimal Sharma at the wall collapse site. 

Sharma, who survived the accident with minor injuries, said he was saved due to a tree trunk as the stones and vehicles which came sliding from above were stopped by the tree. He started shouting for help as loud as he could. People from nearby societies rushed to his help and rescued him from behind the tree. He lost his younger brother in the incident.

(Express photo)

17:10 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Guv Vidyasagar Rao condoles the death, wishes speedy recovery to injured

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao also expressed grief over the incident. "I was deeply saddened to know about the death of innocent workers, including women and children in the incident of collapse of a compound wall of a residential complex in Pune. Every life lost in incident was precious. My heart goes out to the kin of all those who lost their loved ones, and wish speedy recovery to the injured," he said in a statement.

16:38 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Maha Min Patil, NCP Supriya Sule visit site
16:31 (IST)29 Jun 2019
NDRF will give Rs 4 lakh compensation to each victim: Maha min Patil

Maharashtra Minister Chandrakant Patil said, NDRF will give compensation to families of the deceased with Rs 4 lakh for each victim. "Fifteen people who died were from Bihar. NDRF will give compensation to families of deceased, Rs 4 lakh for each victim. Collector will prepare preliminary investigation report in another few hrs, a committee has also been formed," said Patil. 

13:55 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar expresses grief condolences, announces compensation to kin

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar expresses grief at the loss of lives of 15 people, hailing from Katihar, in the Pune wall collapse incident. Kumar has announced ex-gratia Rs 2 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased and a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the injured. (ANI)

13:52 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Pune wall collapse: Probe panel will submit report within 24 hours

Maharashtra Revenue Minister and Pune Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil said that a committee has been constituted to probe the incident and the mandate would be to look into everybody at the construction site. "The three-member committee has been given the mandate to look into who were the developers, architects, structural engineers involved at the said construction site and the one next to it. It will also look into how these labourers were brought to the site and if all the adequate procedures were completed for their employment," he said.

The committee, comprising an additional collector, a police officer and one municipal officer, will submit a report within 24 hours. Further action will be taken after the submission of the report.

12:36 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Pune wall collapse: Man survives fall, helped by locals; loses younger brother in accident

Bimal Sharma, who survived the accident with minor injuries, said he was saved due to a tree trunk as the stones and vehicles which came sliding from above were stopped by the tree. He started shouting for help as loud as he could. People from nearby societies rushed to his help and rescued him from behind the tree. He lost his younger brother in the incident.

Bimal Sharma. (Express photo)
12:19 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Bodies to be sent to families in Bihar after post mortem: District collector Naval Kishore Ram

District collector Naval Kishore Ram said that the dead bodies of 15 labourers who died in the incident will be sent to their families in Bihar by today evening or tomorrow morning. "Once the post mortem are completed we will send the bodies via flights to Patna. From there they will proceed to their villages in Katihar for cremation," said Ram.


While three of deceased belonged to Mahisal in Katihar district of Bihar, 12 more were from Balrampur town of same district. The deceased have been identified as Alok Sharma (28), Mohan Sharma (24), Ravi Sharma (19), all from Mahisal. And Aman Sharma (19), Laxmikant Sahani (22), Sunil Singh (35), Ovi Daas (2), Sonali Das (6), Bhima Das (38), Sangeeta Devi (26), Ajitkumar Sharma (7), Rekhalkumar Sharma (5), Neeva Devi (30), Deepranjan Sharma and Avadesh Singh. 

11:50 (IST)29 Jun 2019
NDRF team carrying out search and rescue operations in Pune

Team of NDRF carrying out search and rescue operations at the site of the wall collapse in Pune’s Kondhwa.

(Source: NDRF)
11:42 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Pune wall collapse: All 15 hailed from Bihar

Among the deceased are 10 men, one woman and four children — three boys and one girl. Three persons, two men and one woman, were taken out alive and are being treated at a hospital for multiple serious injuries. The Maharashtra government is coordinating with the Bihar government for helping families of the deceased.

11:24 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Maharashtra Cong chief Ashok Chavan expressed his grief over the incident

Maharashtra Congress chief and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan also expressed his grief over the incident and urged the state government to extend all the help to the families of the dead and injured. Chavan said an inquiry should be carried out "so that the guilty can be punished". (PTI)

10:41 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil announces compensation for next of kin

Maharashtra Revenue Minister and Pune Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil said, ”Most of the deceased are from Bihar and we are coordinating with the state government there for helping families. A compensation of Rs 4 lakh per deceased person has been announced from the National Disaster Relief Fund to the family members.” 

Patil further added, “A committee comprising of an additional collector, a police officer and one municipal officer has been formed to probe the incident and has been asked to submit a primary report within 24 hours. Based on the report, further legal action will be taken.” 

 
10:23 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Pune: Mayor, corporators rush to incident site, blame builder and civic authorities

All the corporators of the electoral panel along with mayor Tilak rushed to the spot in the morning. "The builder is responsible for constructing such a weak boundary wall and should be held responsible for the death of labours. The developers in city construct tall buildings but construct very weak boundary walls and the civic administration turn a blind eye to it," said NCP corporator Nanda Lonkar.

MNS corporator Sainath Babar said that the civic administration was negligent in performing their duties. "The PMC staff only gives permission but thereafter never carry out a site visit to check the work being done by the developer," he said.

10:04 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Excess excavation at the construction site appears to have caused the incident: Mayor Tilak

Mayor Tilak called the incident 'unfortunate' and said that the incident happened because of excess excavation in the area. "The incident was unfortunate and action would be taken against all those responsible for it. Prima facie it seems there was excess excavation done at the construction site alongside the compound wall," she said.

She further said that both the developers, who had constructed the boundary wall and the one who had taken new construction, were responsible and action would be taken against them. "The civic staff incharge of construction activities in the area would also face action," said Tilak.

09:56 (IST)29 Jun 2019
PMC issues stop work notice for construction at incident site in Kondhwa

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has issued a stop work order for the ongoing construction where 15 labourers were killed due to the collapse of a boundary wall.

Mayor Mukta Tilak confirmed the 'stop work notice' issued to the ongoing construction site and also assured that action will be taken against all those responsible. "The incident was unfortunate and action would be taken against all those responsible for it. Prima facie it seems there was excess excavation done at the construction site alongside the compound wall. The municipal commissioner and district collector has been asked to provide all necessary help to the kin of deceased and injured labours," she said.

kondhwa, kondhwa wall collaspe, wall collapse kondhwa, pune kondhwa wall collapse, pune news Pune wall collapse live updates: According to police, the incident took place near Talab Masjid in Kondhwa.

Pune wall collapse live updates:

At least 15 people including four children were killed after a compound wall of a construction site collapsed on temporary houses built at Kondhwa area in Pune on Saturday.

According to police, the incident took place near Talab Masjid in Kondhwa, where tin huts were built for the labourers working at the construction site. After a spell of heavy rains throughout the day on Friday, at midnight the compound wall collapsed on the huts trapping people who were sleeping in the houses.

Local people called the police and later, district administration, Pune city Fire Brigade and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also called to the spot. Three persons were taken out alive and are being treated at a hospital for multiple serious injuries.