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Ceiling plaster falls at Nerul, injures couple

Rupendar Singh, 37, and his wife Saran Kaur, 26, were in the room when they heard a cracking sound

mumbai Updated: May 10, 2019 23:58 IST
G Mohiuddin Jeddy
G Mohiuddin Jeddy
Hindustan Times
Ceiling plaster,Nerul flat,Gauri Nandan building
The incident took place at Gauri Nandan building in Shree Ganesh Housing Society at Sector 28.(Hindustan Times)

A couple was injured after a chunk of plaster from a ceiling fell in their fifth floor flat at Nerul on Thursday.

Their five-year-old daughter had a narrow escape as her mother shielded her.

The incident took place at Gauri Nandan building in Shree Ganesh Housing Society at Sector 28.

Rupendar Singh, 37, and his wife Saran Kaur, 26, were in the room when they heard a cracking sound.

“I was sitting on the floor and my wife was on the bed when the ceiling came crashing. My daughter too was on the bed but my wife shielded her,” said Singh, has been residing in the flat for the past 16 years.

Kaur sustained head injuries and had to have six stitches.

Singh said, “The ceiling was crumbling and I was planning to complain in the society office on Sunday.”

He added that although the buildings are in a bad shape, redevelopment cannot ahead because of differences among residents.

Additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Patil said, “Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has declared the building dangerous. Residents should take a decision on redevelopment.”

Local corporators Ashok Gawde and Swapna Gawde are residents of the housing society.

Swapna Gawde said, “There are 456 flats in the housing society. My father, with the consent of most of the society members, has prepared a redevelopment plan. NMMC has listed the building in the C1 category (extremely dangerous).”

Ashok Gawde said there are many cases of crumbling plaster but redevelopment is stuck.

District vice-president of BJP women’s wing Mangala Gharat is also a resident of the housing society.

She alleged there is no proper record of crores of rupees given in maintenance charges to the society. “There is a lot of corruption and the residents have filed 16 cases in court. There should be clarity on the plan and assurance to us,” she said.

First Published: May 10, 2019 23:56 IST