Bal­cony col­lapses in Kalyan, in­jures two labour­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The di­lap­i­dated chawl at Joshibaug was un­der­go­ing re­pair when a por­tion of the bal­cony col­lapsed on Thurs­day.

A por­tion of a bal­cony of a 40-year-old di­lap­i­dated chawl at Joshibaug in Kalyan (West) col­lapsed, in­jur­ing two labour­ers on Thurs­day.

The in­ci­dent took place when four labour­ers were car­ry­ing out re­pair works of the bal­cony on the first floor of the ground plus two storeyed Ashir­wad Bha­van chawl.

Twenty-two fam­i­lies lived in the chawl. With the bal­cony col­lapsed, sev­eral res­i­dents were stuck on the first and se­cond floor as the ac­cess to the ground floor was blocked as the bal­cony con­nected the stair­case.

The two labour­ers are se­verely in­jured.

The Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) of­fi­cials and KDMC fire team im­me­di­ately reached spot.

“We res­cued all res­i­dents and brought them down through a lad­der. The two labour­ers who were in­jured were sent to the civic hospi­tal. Af­ter evac­u­at­ing all the res­i­dents, the civic body of­fi­cials de­mol­ished the re­main­ing por­tion of the bal­cony,” said a fire of­fi­cer of KDMC.

Res­i­dents said that the bal­cony had de­vel­oped cracks and so they had de­cided to re­pair it be­fore mon­soon.

“The work for re­pair started few days ago. We were busy inside our homes when all of a sud­den, we heard a loud noise. We ran out­side to see the bal­cony had col­lapsed,” said Yas­min Shaikh, 30, a res­i­dent.

The KDMC has de­cided to carry out a struc­tural au­dit of the chawl.

“The chawl is di­lap­i­dated and had de­vel­oped cracks. The labour­ers were hired to do mi­nor works of plas­ter­ing of the bal­cony on the first floor. We have de­cided to do a struc­tural au­dit of the chawl,” said Arun Wankhede, KDMC ward of­fi­cer.

He said the res­i­dents have been asked to shift to some other place.

“The res­i­dents liv­ing in the first and se­cond floor can­not en­ter their homes. We have started de­mol­ish­ing the rest of the bal­cony,” added Wankhede.

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