With pain in their heart, Surat building collapse survivors turn up for voting

Written by Express news service | Surat | Updated: May 1 2014, 21:39pm hrs
Forty-five family members of Kanaiya Palace apartment in Surat did not forget to exercise their franchise on Wednesday a day when they conducted the funeral of three of their loved ones who had passed away after a portion of their apartment collapsed a day ago.

In the morning, 45 affected families gathered near the collapsed structure and took out a funeral procession of the deceased. While 35-year-old Pooja Agarwal was cremated, the two minors Darshan Prajapati and Meet Shah were buried.

After returning from the funeral, the residents with the help of SMC officials took out valuable items from the collapsed apartment. In the afternoon, they went to the SPB College and voted, even as six of their fellow residents were being treated at the New Civil Hospital in the city.

With the apartment being declared unsafe, the residents are currently staying at the houses of their relatives. The residents have formed a seven-member committee to fight against the builder, Kanaiya Kamlani, who is yet to provide legal documents to the residents.

Abhishek Toshniwal, a member of the committee, said, At present we are homeless. We want the builder to erect a new structure and should bear entire expenditure. The apartment was built in the late 1990s and collapsed when a repairing work was underway.

Somesh Jain, a resident of the apartment, said, Even though it was such a big tragedy, we all decided that it is our right to cast votes and select a good government and so we voted.