An alert school principal averted a tragedy at a school in Kamathipura. After he raised an alarm, staff and students were vacated from the 70-year-old structure on Monday.
On Thursday, the ground floor and four storeys collapsed.
“Fortunately, principal Narendra Parmar alerted me about the state of the building. I visited the site last Monday and forced civic officials to vacate it immediately,” said local MLA Amin Patel.
The school has 725 students on its rolls across its Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati and Telugu medium sections.
The civic body has declared the 70-year-old building as dangerous and planned to demolish it on Thursday.
Patel wrote a letter in January 2008 to the civic administration, detailing the state of the building.
“Since then, the civic body did not even start a tendering process for the repairs.”
Assistant Municipal Commissioner Prakash Patil said: “The building has been vacated and we’ll reconstruct it. The school will closed till Monday and students will be shifted to a nearby school building.”