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'Court ruled against building evacuation'

mumbai Updated: Sep 25, 2011 00:40 IST
Susamma Kurian
Susamma Kurian
Hindustan Times
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A day after six persons died and four others were injured after a slab of a 30-year-old building collapsed in Bhayander East, the Navghar police said the residents had approached the Thane civil court recently against the notice to evacuate the building and the judgment had come in their favour.

“We have learnt that the residents had approached the Thane civil court against the municipal corporation’s notice to evacuate the building and the court ruled in their favour. The corporation was planning to approach the high court on Monday but before that the incident took place,” said Dinkar Pingle, inspector of Navghar police station.

“We will discuss and decide on what action needs to be taken. The corporation had issued a notice asking the residents to vacate the building, as it was dangerous. However, the residents approached the court and got an injunction order after doing some repairs. We have filed an appeal in the high court. The other residents have been evacuated and shifted to a nearby municipal school,” said Vikram Kumar, Mira-Bhayander municipal commissioner.

A slab from the topmost floor of the three-storey Lata building fell on to the second floor parapet and then to the ground floor on Friday evening killing six people, including two children, and injuring four.

Those injured were admitted to the nearby Umrao Hospital. Dr Ashish Banerji, CEO of the hospital, said three of the four injured persons including two children and a woman have been discharged. The condition of the one hospitalised is stable, he said.

While Thane district guardian minister Ganesh Naik announced a compensation of Rs50,000 for the kin of the deceased and Rs25,000 for the injured persons, Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik has given Rs25,000 to the kin of the deceased and Rs10,000 each to the four injured victims.

Civic officials say they have been issuing notices to the residents to vacate the building since 1993, but the residents refused to vacate the building citing lack of transit accommodations, which are not available with the corporation and are not mandatory for it to provide as per law.