Com­pound wall crushes woman biker to death in Kalyan

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KALYAN: A 22-year-old woman died af­ter a wall near an un­der­con­struc­tion build­ing col­lapsed on her on Thurs­day.

Veena Ganiga, a res­i­dent of Sahyadari na­gar in Kalyan (West), was rid­ing her twowheeler and was cross­ing the un­der-con­struc­tion 14-storey build­ing at 7.40am when the freak in­ci­dent took place. She suf­fered se­vere in­jury to her head, lead­ing to her death.

The 14-foot com­pound wall was built around the half-con­structed build­ing Triveni lo­cated be­hind the Kalyan Re­gional Trans­port Of­fice (RTO).

A nar­row road along the com­pound wall leads to Sahyadri Na­gar. Most res­i­dents of the area use the road to en­ter the RTO premises and then take the road to­wards the sta­tion.

Ganiga, who worked at a pri­vate firm in Powai, had been tak­ing the road ev­ery day. On Thurs­day, she left her house as usual but a few min­utes later the com­pound wall col­lapsed on her.

She was re­moved from the de­bris by the lo­cals and sent to Kalyan civic hos­pi­tal and was later shifted to Ruk­mini­bai civic hos­pi­tal, where she was de­clared dead. A case has been reg­is­tered against the builder (whose name the po­lice did not have), con­trac­tor Ke­tan Pa­tel and su­per­vi­sor Ma­hesh Shinde.

Lo­cals al­leged that the builder had built the com­pound wall and used the space to store build­ing ma­te­ri­als. Af­ter the col­lapse, the rest of the wall was de­mol­ished by the Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC).

“The wall col­lapsed due to the builder’s neg­li­gence as heaps of bricks were stored along the wall, bur­den­ing the wall,” said Chan­drakant Rane, 52, a res­i­dent.

Res­i­dents of the area al­leged that fire of­fi­cials and the po­lice reached the spot af­ter two hours of the in­ci­dent. This de­layed in tak­ing Ganiga to the hos­pi­tal.

Rane said: “It would have been worse had the nearby school not been shut. School­child­ren use the road ev­ery day through­out the day. For­tu­nately, Di­wali va­ca­tions are on and school was closed.”

Ganiga’s neigh­bor Arun Jad­hav said the fam­ily is in shock.

“They have lost their young daugh­ter. Veena used to work at Powai and trav­elled to the Kalyan rail­way sta­tion on her two-wheeler very day. The builders in­volved in such kind of con­struc­tion work should be pun­ished,” he said.

Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Khadak­pada po­lice sta­tion Gu­la­brao Gore said: “We in­spected the spot and reg­is­tered a case against the builder and the con­trac­tor. We have not yet made any ar­rest.”

A case un­der sec­tion 304 (a) for caus­ing death by neg­li­gence has been reg­is­tered.

The wall col­lapsed due to the builder’s neg­li­gence as heaps of bricks were stored along the wall, putting a load on it. CHAN­DRAKANT RANE, a Kalyan res­i­dent

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