A two-storey building collapsed in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi on Sunday with rescue workers pulling out four persons from the debris while some persons are feared trapped, officials said. This is second incident of building collapse in the town in one week.
Officials said around ten people are still feared trapped in the building which was declared extremely dangerous by municipal authorities.
Rescuers pulled out eight injured people from the debris of the collapsed building. Two of the seriously injured among the tthem – the building’s owner Sajjanlal Mahadev Gupta, 60, and his wife Satyawati Sajjan Gupta, 55, died at a hospital, Deputy Collector Vandana Suryavanshi said.
The building had been declared dangerous for the occupants by the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Muncipal Corporation, which had snapped the water supply and power connections to the ill-fated building.
This is the second building crash in Bhiwandi in less than a week. Sena MLA Rupesh Mhatre said such building collapse will continue to occur in the township as most of the structures here have outlived their age.
At least four people have so far been rescued from spot of building collapse while many others are still feared to be trapped under debris.
Regional disaster management cell (RDMC) chief of the Thane Municipal Corporation, Santosh Kadam said that the building located at Hanuman Tekadi locality on the Kalyan road collapsed at around 8 AM and seven-eight persons are feared trapped.
Kadam said disaster control teams from Thane and Kalyan were rushed to the spot immediately upon receiving an alert, while local firemen were also pressed into action.
Rescue and relief operations were underway, he said, adding that details of exact number of families residing in the building are yet to be ascertained.
According to Bhiwandi tehsildar, Vaishali Lambate fire brigade personnel have rescued four persons from the debris.
Sunil Zalke, public relation officer of Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation said the building’s occupants had been served evacuation notices, following which two families moved out.
“The building was in extremely dangerous condition. We had served evacuation notice to the building and also cut off its water connection. Three families including the owner still continued to reside in the building.”