Mumbai building collapse highlights: Ghatkopar structure was on BMC's list of 'dangerous buildings', death toll now 8

Mumbai building collapse highlights: Ghatkopar structure was on BMC's list of 'dangerous buildings', death toll now 8
  • Ajoy Mehta orders inquiry into building collapse 

    Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has announced an inquiry into the collapse of Saidarshan Apartment in Ghatkopar. Sources state that the report on the incident will be submitted in 15 days. 

  • 17:40 (IST)

    According to ANI,  former housing minister and ex-chairman of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) Sachin Ahir has demanded an FIR under Section 304A (Causing death due to negligence) against those who are responsible for the incident.

  • 17:30 (IST)

    Building that collapsed was on BMC's list of "dangerous buildings"

    IANS reports that Saidarshan Apartment, the residential building that collapsed on Tuesday was on the "dangerous buildings" list. Identified in a structural audit by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, a DNAreport states that such buildings were given permission for redevelopment. 

  • Death toll rises to 8

    A total of 16 people were rescued from the wreckage of the building collapse in Ghatkopar. The death toll rises to 8 in the tragedy, 6 of whom were women. According to officials, 8 individuals are reported to be injured. 

  • 17:04 (IST)

  • 16:58 (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis orders inquiry into incident 

    Rescue operations continue as Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis orders an inquiry into the Ghatkopar building collapse. Here is an image from the location. 

  • 16:39 (IST)

    Property belongs to Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap: Congress leader Pravin Chheda 

    Congress leader Pravin Chheda tells ANI that the residential building that collapsed in Ghatkopar belonged to Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap. He goes on to say that Shitap was planning to run a guest house in the building, and hence the onus of the tragedy lies on him. 

  • Mumbai building collapse: Sound bite from the location

    The death toll from the collapse of a residential building in Ghatkopar has reached 7, officials confirm. Media reports state that most of those trapped in the debris are believed to be the elderly and women. Local corporators confirm that the BMC had issued 2 notices regarding the building since the past three months. However, no evacuation efforts were conducted, which culminated to this tragedy. 

  • 16:15 (IST)

    15 people rescued from wreckage 

    PTI reports that the structure that came down this morning at the Ghatkopar's Damodar Park area housed around 15 families. According to fire brigade officials engaged in the rescue operation, nearly 15 people have been pulled out of the debris so far and referred to nearby hospitals. Oddly enough, the building was not listed in the dangerous category, as per locals. 

  • 15:46 (IST)

    BMC Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar on the Ghatkopar building collapse 

    Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar has confirmed the death toll of the collapse to 5, adding that 8 people have been seriously injured. Regarding speculation over the involvement of Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap in the issue, he says that an inquiry has been ordered. 

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Traffic advisory

    According to Hindustan Times, roads at the Sanghani Junction in Ghatkopar are shut. According to PTI, the Mumbai Police has cordoned off the area while traffic was blocked on the Lal Bhadur Shastri road to provide a 'green corridor' to rush the rescued to hospital. The traffic from LBS Road will be diverted on the Eastern Express highway due to this development.

  • 15:37 (IST)

    Two firemen injured in building collapse

    CNN News18 reports that two firemen were injured in rescue operations in Ghatkopar. According to Hindustan Times, firefighter Ganesh Khandge and his associate suffocated due to a gas leak while trying to rescue a woman. They have been admitted to the ICU in Shantiniketan hospital. 

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Construction on the nursing home owned by Shiv Sena's Sunil Shitap responsible for collapse? 

    ANI reports that locals believe that renovation work was responsible for the collapse. The nursing home, on the ground floor of the building, was allegedly owned by Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap. The report adds that BMC officials are yet to ascertain the reason behind the building collapse in Ghatkopar.

  • Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta visits Rajawadi hospital to meet the injured

    Ajoy Mehta was on the location to assess the damage caused by the collapse. Financial Times adds that he went on to visit Rajawadi hospital where those injured from the building collapse have been admitted. Meanwhile, BMC officials have revealed that the structure in question was over 40 years old. About 30 to 40 person are still suspected to be trapped in the wreckage. 

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Death toll feared to rise to 7

    A senior BMC official has said that the death toll is now feared to have reached 7. The official added there is a family trapped in the debris, and that rescue operations continue to take place.

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Residents say renovation work of the nursing home has been going on for a month

    According to a Hindustan Times, Residents say the renovation work of the nursing home had been going on for the past one month. Residents added that the structure started to shake as construction work was underway on the ground floor. 

  • Death toll stands at 3

    62-year-old Ranjanben Shah, 89-year-old Sulkshana Khanchandani and 3-month-old V Renuka Lalit Thak died in the collapse. The death toll stands at 3. In this picture, 20-year-old Varsha Sakpal, who was injured in the collapse, is being discharged from the hospital. She worked in the nursing home that was on the ground floor of the building. 

  • 14:39 (IST)

    Building collapse in Kolkata as well 

    A portion of an old building collapsed in central Taltala area of Kolkata on Tuesday afternoon and some people are feared trapped under it. Read more here

  • BMC report on dilapidated buildings in Mumbai 

    A BMC report reveals that there are over 791 dilapidated buildings in Mumbai. In the C-1 category, which according to the reports comes under the 'Action against ruinous structures' category, there were about 186 demolished before the monsoon. 117 other structures have been evacuated, the report adds. However, there are still over 488 dilapidated buildings that citizens in Mumbai still reside in.

  • BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta reaches site of collapse 

  • 14:22 (IST)

    Issue raised in Maharashtra Legislative Council

    Financial Expressreports that Congress MLC Bhai Jagtap raised the building collapse issue in the Maharashtra Legislative Council. 

  • 3-month-old becomes third victim of collapse

    V Renuka Lalit, a 3-month-old baby who was sent to Rajawadi hospital, has been pronounced dead. 

    Reports states that she was the third victim of the collapse. 

  • 14:16 (IST)

    Is BMC negligence behind building collapse? 

    CNN News18 reports that only 32 percent of the capital is being on utilised infrastructure development, media reports that an illegal construction at the building may have caused the accident. Chief Fire Officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade, P Rahangdale told ANI about the rescue operations currently underway, “The removal of topmost RCC slab and search of people trapped are in progress.” 

  • 14:11 (IST)

  • National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been called in to rescue the individuals trapped in the residential building in Ghatkopar. As of now, 9 persons have been rescued and sent to the hospital. 14 Fire engines and 2 rescue vans have also reached the location. 

  • 13:56 (IST)

    3 feared dead, but death toll not confirmed yet

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Three dead after four-storey building collapses in Ghatkopar; several feared trapped

    A four-storey residential building collapsed in suburban Ghatkopar on Tuesday morning and several persons are feared trapped under the debris, an official of the city's civic body said. Read more here

Mumbai: A four-storey residential building collapsed in suburban Ghatkopar Tuesday morning and several persons are feared trapped under the debris, an official of the city's civic body said.

Around eight to 10 persons are feared trapped under the debris of the structure which collapsed in Ghatkopar's Damodar Park area, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) fire brigade department chief PS Rahangdale said.

The civic body's control room received a call at around 10.43 am about the accident, he said.

Around eight fire engines, a rescue van and an ambulance have been rushed to the spot, he said.

"Our rescue team, fire brigade jawans and other senior officials of the BMC have also reached the spot. The rescue work is going on a war-footing," he said.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Jul 25, 2017 05:47 pm | Updated Date: Jul 25, 2017 06:02 pm


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