Mumbai building collapse: Residents homeless despite chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ promises
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had on Thursday promised them temporary accommodation within two days, but the survivors are yet to hear from the authorities.Updated: Aug 01, 2017 01:38 IST
Six days after residents of the Siddhi Sai housing society lost their homes to the building collapse in Ghatkopar, they are still homeless. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had on Thursday promised them temporary accommodation within two days, but the survivors are yet to hear from the authorities.
While the state is dragging its feet over rehabilitation of Ghatkopar residents, it rushed to ensure all legislators get alternate accommodation after a partial ceiling collapse in a room in Manora, legislators’ hostel in Nariman Point on Monday. The state legislature is looking to rent out a building in Colaba for two years to accommodate the 158 legislators by releasing advertisements to be published in newspapers the same day.
Binita Ramchandani, whose mother suffered injuries in the incident, said the family is staying with her aunt in Vashi. Ramchandani and her father have been visiting the collapse site every day. “We are just running from pillar to post. We have no clothes, no home and all are valuable are lost. On Sunday, too, we had several meetings, but we are yet to hear from the authorities.”
Binita had been posting videos on Facebook, asking for support from fellow Mumbaiites.
Birendra Singh, who had a flat on the first floor of the building, is living with his in-laws in Bhandup. “We are yet to hear anything from authorities. We were assured permanent homes but we are yet to hear even about temporary accommodation,” Singh said. Singh, his wife Vandana and two children were saved as they were out at the time of the incident.
Prime minister Narendra Modi also tweeted on Monday assuring an assistance of Rs2 lakh to the deceaseds’ kin and Rs50,000 to those who sustained injuries.
BJP MLA from Ghatkopar, Ram Kadam, said the process of getting a PAP (project-affected-persons) site from the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) to provide temporary accommodation is currently on. “I am going to get an update today. In the meeting with the chief minister, it was promised that they will be provided accommodation as soon as possible.”
Siddhi Sai housing society, a four-storey building in Ghatkopar, collapsed on July 25, after the pillars of the structure were allegedly tampered with on the ground floor, where a nursing home was being renovated. Seventeen people died and more than nine families were rendered homeless.
First Published: Jul 31, 2017 12:19 IST