Mahim collapse: BMC acts against 5 officials

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jun 25, 2013 02:56 IST

Two weeks after Aftab Mansion in Mahim collapsed, killing 12 residents, the civic body has initiated action against five of its employees for failing to act upon complaints filed by advocate Rizwan Merchant, who lost his wife, son and mother in the mishap.

The BMC has also annou-nced that residents of private buildings that are more than 30 years old will be prosecuted if they don’t submit the structural audit report of their buildings to ward offices.

While three officials, then engineers in G-north ward’s buildings and factories department — Digambar Satam, Chan-drakant Shende and Pravin Rane — will be suspended, retired ward officer Narayan Pai and an executive engineer, Chitore, will face inquiry.

“After the complaints were submitted, ward officials should have inspected the building and taken action. I have ordered the suspension of officials involved for negligence,” said civic chief Sitaram Kunte.

Merchant had handed over copies of letters sent to officials since 2008 that complained of structural changes made in the basement.

 

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