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Homes lost, people hunt for belongings

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 13, 2013
First Published: 10:25 IST(13/6/2013) | Last Updated: 10:31 IST(13/6/2013)

Rescue operations at Aftab Mansion in Mahim ended late on Tuesday, even as residents searched for their belongings in the rubble that’s left of their homes. As the building has only partially collapsed, fire brigade officials will now test the structure and explore ways to pull it down safely.

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated an inquiry into the reasons behind the collapse of a portion of the five-storey building near Mahim dargah on Monday night, which claimed 10 lives and injured seven others.

Aamir Husain Hamidini, who lost his niece in the mishap, said he could retrieve very few things. “All we got were clothes and some documents,” he said.

Zuber Khan, who lives nearby and was helping residents search for their belongings, said: “All electronic items have been crushed. Virtually nothing remains.”
Most residents have temporarily shifted to the homes of their relatives and said they are too dazed to start planning on what to do now. “We have not been offered transit accommodations and we prefer to stay with relatives,” said a resident.

Two days after the mishap, the BMC on Wednesday retrieved documents such as the building plan and commencement and occupation certificates granted to the building.

Officials suspect the building collapsed due to the use of bad quality construction materials.

“Prima facie, the reason behind the collapse appears to be poor quality of materials used. But, we will also look into allegations and check whether any structural changes were made. A structural engineer has been appointed to prepare the inquiry report,” said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner.

The stretch of road, closed since the mishap, was opened to vehicular traffic on Wednesday.


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