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1 dead in Ulhasnagar building collapse

A woman was killed and six others were injured when the back portion of a seven-storey building collapsed in Ulhasnagar on Thursday afternoon, reports Kiran Sonawane.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2009 02:52 IST
Kiran Sonawane

A woman was killed and six others were injured when the back portion of a seven-storey building collapsed in Ulhasnagar on Thursday afternoon.

Another 10 to 15 people may still be trapped under the debris, said Ulhasnagar Municipal Commissioner Ashok Baageshwar.

Altogether 15 of the 40 flats of the unauthorised building, Sanmukh Sadan, located at Nehru Chowk, collapsed around 2.35 pm. The building also houses eight shops.

“Around 2.35 pm, a part of the flat started collapsing. I came out of the flat and ran down the stairs,” said Rani Manshani, a second floor resident.

“Rescue work is on, but till the debris is removed, I can’t say how many people are trapped under the debris,” said Baageshwar.

“There’s too much debris and too less space. We are proceeding with the rescue work slowly. We will take the whole night to clear the debris,” said A.R. Jadhav, a fireman.

The injured have been identified as Shantiras Rajkumar Chug (48), Amarsingh Labhana (45), Ridhika Tribhuvan (35), Dhanvanti Pahuja (48), Guddu Ansari (20) and Nishika Gaikwad (20).

The body of Swati Gaikwad (41), a domestic help employed at Gaikwad’s residence, was pulled out from under the debris.

A week ago, a crack had appeared on the 20-year-old building, following which the residents had contacted the architect Bulchand Sonesar. Following Sonesar’s advice, the residents had started repairing the building.

The building was listed in the 855 unauthorised constructions, but not in the list of the dangerous structures, said Baageshwar. “The 20-year-old building is unauthorised. It was built violating all the rules and regulations. While the authorised floor-space index is one, the seven-storey building, had an FSI of five.”

“Once the rescue work is complete, I will set up an inquiry committee to investigate the matter,” he added.

The civic body has filed a case a case against the developer, Sunil Sugnomal Rohida.

The building allegedly belongs to former mayor and Congress leader Hardas Makhija, who has his office and press there.

“We will issue notices to the residents on Friday, and demolish the entire building within 48 hours,” said Baageshwar.