The multi-storey 117 years old building collapsed today in the Bhendi Bazaar area of Mumbai. The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) had declared the building unsafe in 2011. But why was it still in operation?
The residents in the locality said that nine families were staying in this dilapidated structure. By now, at least 22 people have been killed and dozens injured after a ground plus six-storey building collapsed in Mumbai’s Byculla areag. At least 30 people have been rescued so far with dozens reported to be trapped under the rubble. Teams of the NDRF and the Fire Brigade are at the spot engaged in rescue operations. 90 NDRF personnel, dog squad, 10 fire tenders, two rescue vans and several ambulances are at the site of the collapse which has been categorised as a level III emergency by the fire brigade.
Structures like the Husaini Building in Bhendi Bazaar have shaky foundation and have possibly never been repaired. These buildings are prone to collapse during monsoon, especially when the city receives more than 300 mm rainfall in a day.
Mumbai is home to many old buildings such as the 117-year-old Husaini Building and most of them are in an urgent need of repair and restoration. More than 35,000 residential buildings in Mumbai and suburbs are at least 30 year old, while more than 10,000 buildings are believed to 70 years old.
The building collapse in Bhendi Bazaar was the second major such incident reported in Mumbai this monsoon. Twelve persons were killed and several injured when a residential building collapsed in Ghatkopar last month.
Maharastra CM, Devendra Fadnavis announced an ex-Gratia of Rs five lakh for the kin of those who died in Bhendi Bazaar building collapse.
We really hope for no more bad news from this incident. Mumbai is having enough already.