Rocks ‘invade’ houses after faulty blast in Baner, Pune
Residents of Willed Ways society and My World society in Baner were quite literally shaken by the loud blasts which resonated in their homes.pune Updated: Feb 15, 2018 15:53 IST
A faulty controlled blast at a construction site in Baner, on Sunday, had residents of the area in a state of shock after the explosion went haywire, sending a number of boulders and rocks flying towards housing societies near the plot. The blast happened at the ‘Solitaire’ project plot being developed by Chordia Builders after the person employed by the contractor managing the construction site failed to predict the blast radius correctly.
Residents of Willed Ways society and My World society in Baner were quite literally shaken by the loud blasts which resonated in their homes. Broken shards of glass, punctured pipelines and a shower of stones fell in many of the residents’ terraces and gardens. The residents approached the contractor and the on-site manager, who apologised and said that the person working on the controlled blast was new and that he made a mistake in predicting the blast radius. The residents also approached the Chatuhshrungi police station to file a complaint but the station only accepted an occurrence report.
Vilas Tambe, the liaison officer of Chordia Builders said, “We have all the necessary permissions for conducting a controlled blast on our site. When we were approached by the residents, we sent a project manager to check and visit their houses to see if there were any broken things. We have apologised for the mistake of our contractor and will help residents mend their broken window panes. As our plot is a construction site, we don’t need to intimate anyone about controlled blasts.”
Rajeev Deshpande, a resident of Willed Ways society, was at his home with his family when he heard a deafening sound. “The blast occurred around 10.49am and we heard a loud noise. This was followed by a rain of boulders and stones over our terrace and garden. The flying boulders came with a high velocity and completely shattered our window panes. Our air conditioning unit’s fan was also destroyed,” said Deshpande.
Kshama Soni, another resident of Willed Ways society, who was not at home when the blast happened, said that she returned home in the afternoon to a sea of debris on her terrace. “I came home in the afternoon to find the terrace full of stones and boulders. It was shocking and terrifying and all I could think of was about the damage it could have done to me and my family if were on the terrace when the blast happened. Some of the boulders were large enough to fatally injure people,” said Soni.
Sandhya Tota owns a corner row house at Willed Ways society and her CCTV recording clearly shows the vibrations that her house felt following the blast. “The pipelines in my house were broken and the terrace was completely filled with debris following the blast,” she said. She added that the ongoing construction site is right next to their wall. “We want to know if excavation is permitted at an area which is close to a residential area. They are excavating so deep that it could easily accommodate three floors,” she said.
MyWorld society, which is adjacent to the construction site, also felt the strong shuddering followed by a shower of stones on the playground where children of the housing society children were playing. Sandeep Choughule, a Sewage Treatment Plant operator was busy in his shed when he felt the shudder followed by a loud noise. “The society members rushed to the terraces and shouted at the workers on the site, who then ran away to avoid a commotion,” he said.