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Seven killed in Mumbai building collapse

Comments Off on Seven killed in Mumbai building collapse   |   March 16, 2014    09:10am   |Contributed by manoja

MUMBAI: Seven people were killed and four injured after a Santa Cruz (East) building that was declared as dilapidated in 2008 collapsed on Friday.

Two families had refused to vacate the ground-plus-seven building, Shankar Lok, which fell on the adjoining Catherine Chawl, crushing more than 10-12 of its 21 homes.

“First, a photo frame fell in my home and then I felt the tremors. I immediately picked up my baby and rushed out. Within minutes, the entire building fell on our house, flattening it,” said Sayli Khandare, a resident of the chawl. Joseph Fernandes, another chawl resident, too, escaped as he had left for his in-law’s place in the vicinity minutes before the mishap.

The building was constructed in 1982 and declared dilapidated in 2008—in just 26 years—following a structural audit report from SP Engineering College that deemed it as dangerous and that it needed to be vacated and reconstructed. The BMC issued an eviction notice under Section 354 of the MMC Act.

Of the original 27 families that lived in the building, 25 vacated after the notice. The beams and columns had begun to corrode.

One of the two families that refused to vacate included that of high court lawyer Sindha Sridharan. She went to court challenging the BMC’s eviction notice. High court stayed the demolition and eviction, and said the families could continue to occupy the building at their own risk and that the BMC was not to be held responsible for any accident.

Sindha lost her sister Sudha in Friday’s collapse and her brother Satyam was injured. The six others to have died are residents of the chawl.

“The BMC had tried everything, from prosecution to propping the building, to issuing repeated notices to residents to vacate. In fact, we had also given residents of the chawl a notice to leave, citing that if the building collapsed, it would endanger their lives, too,” said deputy municipal commissioner Ramesh Pawar.

The residents’ opposition was so stiff that when a civic officials’ team visited the premises in October 2013 for inspection, Sindha registered a criminal case against them at the Vakola police station.

The deceased have been identified as Chandraben Patel (45), Sudha Shridharan (32), Louis Monks (60), Sundarabai Pardhi (66), Rajeshri Pardhi (35), Aditya Pardhi (10) and Ayush Pardhi (7). Four injured are Akshay Kesarkar (18), Sita Kesarkar (60), Rohini Jagtap (47) and Satyam Shridharan (39). The injured have been admitted to V N Desai hospital.

Among the deceased were four members of Pardhi family–Sundarabai Pardhi (66), her daughter-in-law Rajeshri, her grandsons Aditya and Ayush.

Anil Pardhi, who was away at work during the collapse fell unconscious on hearing the news and did not revive for hours.

Another deceased, Chandan Patel, had resided in the chawl for 40 years. She is survived by her husband and three children.

The four injured did not suffer fatal injuries. “They have sustained abrasions, bruises and minor trauma injuries,” said Dr K G Pimple, medical superintendent, V N Desai Hospital. Among the injured was 70-year-old Sitabai Kesarkar, who is likely to have suffered fracture on one or both legs. Pimple said they were awaiting the X-ray reports for further treatment.

Akshay Kesarkar (21) and Rohini Jagtap escaped with minor injuries and are currently undergoing treatment. Satyam Sridharan has suffered injuries to his legs.

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