Bhiwandi building collapse incident: death toll increases to 12, number of injured 20
The Municipal Corporation had issued a notice on February 26, 2020, to the occupants of the building to vacate, but the corporation did not act on it which led to the incident.
MUMBAI: A 36-year-old three-story building collapsed in Bhiwandi, a power loom city adjacent to Mumbai, on Monday morning. At least 12 people were killed and 20 others seriously injured.
The injured people have been admitted to the Indira Gandhi Sub District Hospital in Kalwa and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital for treatment. The government has announced a compensation of Rs 5-5 lakh to the families of those killed in the accident.
The local Narpoli police have started an investigation under section 337, 338 and 304 (2) against builder Syed Mohammed Jilani on the complaint of the corporation regarding this accident.
On 26 February 2020, a notice was issued to the occupants of the building by three officials of the Municipal Corporation’s Prabhat Samiti, but the corporation did not act on it which led to the incident.
Other two power loom factories connected to the building were also affected
According to sources, a 36-year-old building located in the Patel complex adjacent to Dhamankar Naka has collapsed at around 3:40 am and scattered into the ground like cards.
According to locals, this three-story building in House No. 69 had a total of 51 flats. Suddenly the 24 flat portions of the building collapsed. There was also a power loom factory on the ground floor of the same building. The other two power loom factories adjacent to the building also collapsed due to the impact of the building.
Locals rushed for relief as soon as the building collapsed. By the time the emergency department and fire brigade officials of the Municipal Corporation arrived, the locals were busy in relief work. About an hour later, the TDRF and NDRF personnel arrived and began to take out the people trapped in the rubble.
Relief operations had to be stopped due to sudden rain at around 3:00 PM in the afternoon. The state’s Urban Development and Public Works Minister and Acting District Police Station Eknath Shinde visited the Patel Compound to inspect relief operations.
Eknath Shinde told media persons that Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray has mourned over the incident. He announced a compensation of Rs 5-5 lakh to the victims. The Chief Minister has announced strict action against the perpetrators of this accident.
On receiving the report of the incident, Housing Minister Jatinder Ohad, Legislative Councilor Leader of Opposition Parveen Darekar, Member Assembly Mahesh Chogle, Member Assembly Raees Sheikh, District Collector of Police Station Rajesh Narvikar, Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Asia, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajkumar Shinde reached the spot and reviewed the rescue works.
Rescue operations were delayed due to rain at around 3 in the afternoon, it is feared that debris removal of this building may take another 10 to 12 hours.