1 dead, 16 hurt in Mu­lund wall col­lapse

12- ft tall struc­ture at Shankar Tekdi crashed around midnight dam­ag­ing sev­eral shanties lead­ing to loss of property

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Naveeta Singh correspondent@ dnain­dia. net

A Bri­tish era duct line wall col­lapsed at Shankar Tekdi, Mu­lund colony on Satur­day due to con­tin­u­ous rains from last few days killing one and in­jur­ing 16 oth­ers. Around midnight, the res­i­dents of Mu­lund colony woke up af­ter hear­ing loud thud. “There was a thun­der­storm and later, we heard a clack as if some­thing col­lapsed,” says Maruti Kadam, NCP ( Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party) leader from ward num­ber 98.

Prashant San­tosh Jad­hav ( 17), a res­i­dent of one of the shanties died on the spot while 15 oth­ers were caught un­der the de­bris when the colo­nial era wall col­lapsed on four shanties which were ad­ja­cent to it.

The wall was ap­prox­i­mately 20 feet long and 12 feet tall. “Be­fore the fire bri­gade could reach the spot, the lo­cal res­i­dents re­moved some of the in­jured from the de­bris,” says Kadam.

The in­jured were taken to the BMC’s ( Bri­han­mum­bai mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion) M T Agar­wal hos­pi­tal in Mu­lund west. While four are still ad­mit­ted and un­der­go­ing treat­ment, oth­ers have been dis­charged.

Since it is a hilly area, BMC gave reg­u­lar no­tices to res­i­dents to va­cate the area but no­body paid any heed to it.

“Af­ter po­lice for­mal­i­ties are done we will de­mand com­pen­sa­tion for the vic­tims of the in­ci­dent,” says Kadam.

A case of ac­ci­den­tal death has been reg­is­tered at the Mu­lund po­lice sta­tion as one per­son died in this in­ci­dent.

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