A month after a burst pipe flooded 14 flats in Sanjeevani housing society in Govandi drowning a 60-year-old man and injuring 14 others, life has not changed for the better for more than 70 residents still living amid the ruins.
They are yet to receive any aid from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) or the developer to get their houses repaired and recover the losses they suffered.
Although a compensation package of Rs. 2 lakh was mooted four days after the incident by the civic body, it is yet to be processed.
“Our entire house was ravaged in the incident as water from the burst pipeline went up till the ceiling fan. No help whatsoever has come to us from the BMC,” said Sunanda Bhandare, 40, who suffered a head injury and was discharged from the hospital only a week ago.
Residents claimed that they were forced to live on the road for three days after the incident.
Raju Hazare, 33, who lost his father Devisingh Hazare in the incident, said: “The force of the water was such that all of us were lifted with it above the ground. My 5-year-old blind daughter suffered a trauma for days after the incident. The authorities have completely neglected our state”.
The housing society was constructed under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme in 2003. The residents, who have been staying in the building illegally without an occupation certificate, alleged that the developer too did not come to their help.
“The two large pits formed due to the burst have still not been filled by the builder. Despite our repeated complaints, the police have refused to file charges against him,” said Prashant Bhosale, 29, Bhandare’s nephew.
Enraged by the paltry compensation proposed by the civic body, Sambhaji Lokhande, 40, said: “We’ve been promised a measly sum of Rs. 1,400. This amount will not even help us recover one-tenth of the losses we have suffered. We lost our TV sets, refrigerators, cupboards and all other belongings."
Civic officials, however, said compensation would be given to them soon.