INDIA. MUMBAI: At least 19 persons were killed, and 14 others were injured when a portion of a three-story building located at Naik Nagar Society at Kurla East in North Central Mumbai crashed on Monday midnight.
The building was 49 years old and was declared dilapidated by the BMC around nine years ago. However, residents got a structural audit done in 2016, which stated the building was repairable. The building was built on collector land, which was given to Naik Nagar society in 1966. The building in Mumbai came up around the year 1975.
BMC commissioner I S Chahal, who visited the site, said that the civic body would investigate the incident. The planning authority is BMC, and they will take further action, Mumbai Suburban Collector Nidhi Choudhary said.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the tragic incident. The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) will provide Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of those who died and Rs 50,000 to the injured, according to the PMO. Aditya Thackeray, the Mumbai suburbs’ Guardian Minister, also visited the site and assessed the progress of rescue operations.
Similarly, rebel Shiv Sena MLAs Eknath Shinde and Mangesh Kudalkar, camping in Guwahati in Assam, announced on Twitter that they would give compensation of Rs one lakh to the injured and Rs 05 lakh to the next of kin of those lost.
The deceased have been identified as Ajay Bhole Paspor (28), Guddu Paspor (22), Kishor Prajapati (20), Sikandar Rajbhar (21), Anup Rajbhar (18),Arvind Rajendra Bharati (19), Anil Yadav (21), Shyam Prajapati (18), Ajinkya Pralhad Gaikwad (34), Leelabai Praljhad Gaikwad (60), Pralhad Gaikwad (65), Ramesh Badiya (50), Kushar Prajapati (20), Rahul Kumar Majhi (21), Pappukumar Majhi (35), Vinod Jau Majhi(35), Mahesh Ram(40) and two unknown aged 30 and 35.
The injured include Chaihaph Baspal (36), Santoshkumar Gaud(25), Sudesh Gaud( 24), Ramraj Rahmani(40), Sanjay Majhi (35), Aditya Kushwah(19), Abid Ansari (26), Govind Bharati (32), Mukesh Maurya(25), Manish Yadav (20), Devki Balia (42), Preet Balia (17) and Dudhnath Yadav(22). Nine injured were allowed to go after treatment. Three wounded have been admitted to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, while one injured has been admitted to the Sion Hospital.
While 33 persons were rescued till Tuesday evening, a few more are feared trapped under the debris. The rescue operations by Fire Brigade, NDRF, and police were on till Tuesday evening.