6 dead in Kamathipura bldg col­lapse

BLAME GAME Mhada had not marked struc­ture as di­lap­i­dated, blames BMC road work for fall

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chetna Yerunkar chetna.yerunkar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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