A 58-year-old residential building in Shahajahanabad area of Bhopal, which housed 42 families of sanitation workers of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), collapsed on Sunday killing a woman and seriously injuring two others.
Bhagwati(72) was the woman killed while her daughter-in-law, Sonia and another person Ravi Hawelia sustained injuries after a part of their residential building collapsed. Bhagwati and Sonia were using the common bathrooms and toilets facility while Ravi was sitting by the stairs outside when the 58-year-old building collapsed.
"Bhagwati died on the way to nearby Hamida Hospital. The two persons who have sustained injuries are out of danger and are undergoing treatment at the hospital," superintendent of police of north division, Arvind Saxena told HT.
Three other people who were trapped under the debris were pulled out with the help of locals and rushed to nearby hospital.
"I could not understand what happened when the toilet collapsed. When I regained consciousness I found myself in hospital. My mother-in-law was taking a bath, I don't know what happened to her," Sonia said.
Residents blamed BMC for the poor upkeep of the building, saying corporation officials did not respond despite repeated reminders. There were also complaints that the rescue squad reached late.
"I immediately informed the BMC administration and local police. But the rescue team of BMC reached here about one-and-a half hour late. We pulled out the injured before the BMC squad came here and rushed them to hospital," said Kanhaiya Lal Hawelia, who lives in a nearby building.
Local corporator Mewalal Kanarji said, "I immediately called up the BMC commissioner and requested him to send a rescue team as soon as possible. Two persons were saved by the residents and the police personnel who reached the spot."
Mayor Alok Sharma and other corporators from the area also visited the spot and announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 to the injured. He also promised a job to one family member of the dead in the BMC.