Mumbai (Maharashtra), July 25: At least five people have been killed and more than 30 feared trapped after four-storey residential building collapsed in Mumbai's Ghatkpopar on Tuesday. "I left for work at and came to know and rushed here", says Rajesh, who was anxiously waiting even as rescue operations were underway.
The BMC's disaster management team received a call about the incident at around 10.43 am and fire brigade and disaster management officials have rushed to the spot. Fire fighter Ganesh Khandge and his associate also suffocated owing to gas leak while trying to rescue a woman. "Two wings of the Saidarshan building near the Shreyas cinema on the LBS Road collapsed on Tuesday morning".
The city has been hit by several deadly building collapses in recent years, often caused by shoddy construction, poor quality materials or ageing buildings. Below is the picture of Mumbai building collapse in Ghatkopar. The building figured on the BMC's list of "dangerous buildings".
These buildings were termed as "dilapidated" in the survey report.
In all, 112 such buildings were vacated, while 42 were referred to the technical advisory committee to decide their fate.
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One of the most deadly incidents occurred in 2013, when an illegal structure in Thane - not far from Mumbai - collapsed, killing more than 70.
Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta also visited the site and reviewed the rescue and search operation. Congress leader Pravin Chheda went on to tell ANI that Shitap was planning to run a guest house in the building, and hence the onus of the tragedy lies on him.
"We will investigate the matter and take action against the culprits", BMC Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said.
"Residents of the building had complained about the illegal adjustment being carried out by a local Sena leader, but officials of the BMC just sat on the complaint".