Res­i­dents of 4 build­ings near col­lapsed struc­ture to va­cate

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com Some of the di­lap­i­dated struc­tures at Gaibi Na­gar.

The three-storey build­ing col­lapse on Sun­day which claimed eight lives has shaken the other res­i­dents of Gaibi Na­gar in Bhi­wandi.

Around 150 res­i­dents live in four di­lap­i­dated build­ings in the area.

On Wed­nes­day, the Bhi­wandi Nizam­pura Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BNMV) asked the res­i­dents to evac­u­ate the build­ings as they could feel the struc­tures shak­ing while clear­ing the de­bris of Kabir Seth build­ing which col­lapsed on Sun­day.

In Sun­day’s in­ci­dent, at least 12 two-wheel­ers were dam­aged as they were buried in the de­bris. There was prop­erty loss of around Rs30 lakh but of­fi­cials are yet to cal­cu­late the fi­nal fig­ure. The civic com­mis­sioner has asked civic of­fi­cials to give up­dates about the struc­ture ev­ery 24 hour.

More than 50 trucks of de­bris have been re­moved and still more is left to be cleared.

A 61-year-old res­i­dent of Kabir Seth build­ing (B wing) Sadiq Ali, said, “We are scared to stay in our build­ing af­ter the A wing col­lapsed. On Wed­nes­day, we are asked to evac­u­ate the build­ing.”

Sana Shaikh, 24, an­other res­i­dent, said they were told that the nearby build­ings too are shaky. “We have been stay­ing here for the last two decades. We had com­plained about wa­ter leak­age and other prob­lems. Af­ter the build­ing col­lapse, the cor­po­ra­tion has wo­ken up.”

Badru­jama Ahmed An­sari, 35, had been run­ning a pow­er­loom unit at Kabir Seth build­ing for the past 40 years.

“We have suf­fered losses too. The cor­po­ra­tion should come up with a sep­a­rate place for com­mer­cial sec­tor. We are job­less now,” he said.

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Su­nil Bhalerao said, “We have been asked to give reg­u­lar up­date about Bhi­wandi build­ings. The con­struc­tion of the build­ing is sub­stan­dard.”

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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