The BMC has suspended seven officers from the Markets and Planning and Design (P&D) departments in connection with the Babu Genu municipal building collapse even as the death toll rose to 60 and rescue operations were called off on Sunday morning.
The civic body delivered the suspension after studying the structural audit report and building repair proposals. An inquiry has been initiated against 18 officials in the two departments. The suspended officers are M N Patel (executive engineer), M K Redekar (assistant engineer), S N Yele (assistant engineer) of Planning and Design, and S N Ghadge (assistant engineer), Rahul Jadhav (assistant engineer), B C Chavan (deputy superintendent) and Jamal Kazi (inspector) of Markets.
Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar is in charge of P&D as well as the
An administrative inquiry will be carried out by additional municipal commissioners Mohan Adtani and Rajiv Jalota, who will report to Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte. The administration has also formed a technical committee headed by Lakshman Vhatkar, director of engineering services and projects. The committee is to submit a report in a month to the administration. Among the 11 officials awaiting inquiry is senior official Chandrashekar Chore, assistant municipal commissioner
At 6.15 am Sunday, the Mumbai Fire Brigade and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) called off rescue operation after a thorough search of the site was with the help of a canine squad and life-detectors, eight cranes and local volunteers. With debris from the collapse completely removed, only the five-storey building’s base, built of concrete, remains.
Besides the dead bodies removed from the debris, a total of 33 injured victims were rescued from the rubble in the two-day rescue operation. The last survivor was rescued from the wreckage at 3 pm on Saturday, said NDRF’s Deputy Commandant Sachidanand Gawade. “Victims in the upper part of the debris were easier to rescue. As we worked our way down, we found fewer victims who were alive. There was ample space in front of the collapsed building. We were able to bring in ambulances faster and save more lives.”
The fire brigade and the NDRF continued operations