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Adjacent building develops cracks

india Updated: Aug 05, 2010 00:45 IST
Susamma Kurian
Susamma Kurian
Hindustan Times
Babu Hafiz Zindani

A day after Babu Hafiz Zindani, a three-storey building in Kalwa, collapsed on Tuesday, the adjacent building, Shagufta, too developed cracks.

A portion of Sarole, another neighbouring building, had also got damaged when Zindani collapsed.

Residents of Zindani apartments and the three adjoining buildings were evacuated before it collapsed and shifted to a nearby transit camp.

“We are in the process of clearing the debris. Once that is done, we will be able to assess the damage done to Sarole and the cracks that have developed in the lower part of Shagufta. Only then will we be able to ascertain whether the buildings are dangerous or not,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner (anti-encroachment) B.G. Pawar.

While most people stayed at the transit camp, some of Shagufta’s residents returned to get their belongings. Shagufta is two-storey building that was constructed in 1975.

“My husband is not here as he works in Lonavla. We came here from Pune last month. All our belongings are still inside. I am trying to take out the uniforms of my two sons so they can go to school.

I don’t know how I will take out everything and where will I keep it,” said a resident Komal Jadhav (35).

Residents of Zindani did not get a chance to carry out their possessions.

“All our belongings have been buried under the debris. We will be able to look for them only after the debris is cleared,” said resident and owner Asif Pathan.