6 dead in Kamathipura bldg collapse
BLAME GAME Mhada had not marked structure as dilapidated, blames BMC road work for fall
Six people were killed and two others were injured when the century-old Gulmohar building came crashing down at Kamathipura in south Mumbai on Saturday. But just hours after the collapse, the state housing agency that had failed to mark the structure as dilapidated sought to shift the blame on the civic body.
The Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (Mhada) said the ongoing road repair work on Kamathipura’s RS Nimkar Road caused the collapse.
The building has been undergoing repairs for nearly month, but had not been declared dilapidated by Mhada, whose officials now claim the vibrations from the continuous hammering during road repair work caused the crash. The agency said it will inspect old buildings along the road to minimise the risk.
Officials at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation hit back at Mhada’s charge and said the Mhada was repairing the building and the civic body was not involved. Those killed and injured are said to be construction workers carrying out the repairs.
The building was a conventional load-bearing structure of wooden beams and columns and some repairs costing about Rs3 to Rs5 lakh was carried out by Mhada over the past month.
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