"The death toll in the collapse has risen to 43 and 32 people are injured," civic body sources said and added that more people were still believed to trapped under the debris. The injured have been admitted to state-run JJ Hospital and Nair Hospital. (Agencies)
The five-storey building on the Brahmadev Khot Marg, close to Dockyard Road railway station, was owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. It had collapsed early Friday morning. As hopes of pulling out survivors receded fast, anxious relatives of those missing were thronging the scene of the tragedy.
Cranes and other heavy machinery have been pressed into service to lift large slabs of concrete and mangled steel. Around 21 families of BMC's tenants lived in the 30-year-old structure categorized as a C-2 building which was in need of urgent repairs.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has promised strict action against those found responsible for the tragedy. The BMC has formed two committees to probe into the incident and ordered audit of similar buildings in the city.
Steps are being made to provide alternative accommodation to the affected families in the vicinity. The civic body has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of every deceased person, besides bearing the cost of treatment of those injured.
Company owner held for Mumbai building collapse
A day after a residential building caved in, police on Saturday arrested the owner of a decoration firm who illegally carried out renovation works at his rented office-cum-warehouse on the ground floor of the ill-fated structure.
It is suspected that the renovation and alteration works carried out on the ground floor led to the collapse of the four-storey building owned by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mazgaon area, police said. Part of the ground floor had been leased out for commercial activities.
"Ashok Mehta, the owner of Mamamiya Decorators, was arrested for renovating his office-cum-warehouse on the ground floor of the building, thus causing the collapse," said an officer at Sewree police station, where a complaint has been registered.
Mehta had taken the office space on lease from BMC. According to the complaint by a Deputy Superintendent of BMC, Mehta had carried out alteration and renovation works without prior permission from the civic body and this had triggered the tragic incident, said Additional Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash.
Mehta and his associates were booked under IPC Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), among others.
Around 21 families, which were BMC's tenants, lived in the 30-year-old structure which caved in on Friday morning.
"The death toll in the collapse has risen to 43 and 32 people are injured," civic body sources said and added that more people were still believed to trapped under the debris. The injured have been admitted to state-run JJ Hospital and Nair Hospital.