Barely two months after a fire broke out at the Kalyan (West) skywalk, a portion of it collapsed on Monday. As the fibre sheets attached to the bottom of the skywalk fell, garbage – and wallets – rained down.
No one was hurt in the incident.
“Pickpockets hide wallets and purses in the gap between the skywalk floor and the sheets after taking out the money. Most wallets contained important documents such as Aadhaar cards, driving licences and bank documents,” said a police officer.
The incident took place around 2.30pm, when the skywalk was not crowded.
“I was standing opposite the skywalk and suddenly, there was a loud cracking sound. Fibre-sheets attached to the bottom of the skywalk started falling one after the other. There were vehicles plying below, and people could have been hurt,” said Sunil Shinde, 30.
Pramod Kulkarni, executive engineer, Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation, visited the spot immediately.
“The sheets couldn’t take the load of the garbage dumped on the panels. Hawkers and drug addicts occupy the skywalk and litter around the place. The garbage dumped over several years caused the incident. We will either remove the entire panel or find an alternative,” said Kulkarni.