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Ghatkopar building collapse: CM promises temporary homes in 2 days, redevelopment in 10 days

The Maharashtra government on Thursday assured to provide temporary accommodation in the next two days to families who lived in the building that collapsed in Ghatkopar, killing 17 people.

mumbai Updated: Jul 28, 2017 15:27 IST
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis also promised the residents that while the redevelopment process of Siddhi Sai Housing Society will begin in the next 8-10 days.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis also promised the residents that while the redevelopment process of Siddhi Sai Housing Society will begin in the next 8-10 days.(FILE)

The Maharashtra government on Thursday assured to provide temporary accommodation in the next two days to families who lived in the building that collapsed in Ghatkopar, killing 17 people.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis also promised the residents that while the redevelopment process of Siddhi Sai Housing Society will begin in the next 8-10 days, the government will ensure that the strictest possible action is taken against the main accused Sunil Shitap.

Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Ajoy Mehta constituted a three-member committee headed by additional municipal commissioner Vijay Singhal to probe Tuesday’s incident.

On Thursday, residents of the building narrated their ordeal to Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhavan. They told the chief minister that they were left without any belongings, not even clothes, and were forced to seek shelter with relatives or friends.

My parents are staying at a relative’s house. They have no clothes… We want the government to make arrangements for temporary accommodation until we get our new houses,” said Binita Ramchandani.

The resident requested Fadnavis to book Shitap for murder under section 302 of IPC and also expressed fears that if the Shiv Sena leader is released on bail, he might attempt to destroy evidence. Shitap has been currently been booked under sections 304 (causing death by negligence), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC.

Fadnavis assured the residents that arrangements for their temporary accommodation would be made in the next two days. State housing minister Prakash Mehta, who was also present at the meeting, said: “We are planning to provide them accommodation in Ghatkopar itself. The housing department has some vacant flats under the project affected scheme, which will be used for the purpose as a special case.”

The chief minister told the residents that he would discuss their demand to book the accused for murder with police officials and check if it was legally tenable. “Booking the accused under wrong sections will help them hence we have to be very cautious,” Fadnavis told the residents.

He also assured them that he would discuss the building’s redevelopment plan with the civic chief and check if the process can be started in the next one week.

Meanwhile, IAS officer Singhal, who will head the probe panel, will head a three-member committee, also comprising deputy municipal commissioner (improvement) Chandrashekhar Chore and director of BMC’s engineering services VP Chitore.

The committee will investigate the cause of the collapse and whether civic officials were aware of the structural changes made on the ground floor of the building. It will also suggest the action to be taken against those responsible for the collapse and recommend measures to ensure that similar mishaps do not occur in the future. The inquiry committee is expected to submit its report in the next 15 days.