Majority of injured will receive no compensation

A week after the building in Mumbra's Lucky Compound was reduced to rubble, not a single compensation cheque has been issued to families of the 74 people who died.

Only 25 of the 57, who have been identified as severely injured, have been given cheques of Rs 50,000 each as compensation. The 32 others will not receive any compensation as their injuries have been deemed simple or minor.

"The criteria for declaring an injury 'severe' has been defined as surgery. If an injured person required no surgery, they won't be eligible for compensation," said Ratnakar Kulkarni, civil surgeon, Thane Civil Hospital.

Deputy collector Manoj Ranade said that as most of the dead were migrants, cheques would be issued to their families only after the district magistrate in their villages verified the legal heirs. "We don't want multiple people claiming compensation," he said.

The state government, on Friday, had announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for each death and Rs 50,000 for each person injured. Those categorised as having suffered simple injuries are waiting for compensation, as they haven't been told they are no longer eligible.

Kutbun-Nisah Mustafa Shaikh, a 60-year-old tuberculosis patient who lived on the fourth floor of the building and lost her son, daughter-in-law and four-year-old grandson in the crash. She has not received any financial aid and does not know how she will be able to afford further treatment once she is discharged.

Ishtiaque Shaikh, a salesman who lost his father in the crash and whose wife Maria, 22, and son Addul were trapped under the debris for six hours said, "I have lost all my documents and belongings. I have nowhere to live. The money from the compensation would have helped me in some way."

 

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