Mumbai building collapse in Ghatkopar LIVE UPDATES: A residential building in Ghatkopar in eastern Mumbai collapsed this morning where nine people were killed and more than 50 people are feared to be trapped under the debris, ANI reported. Of the sixteen people rescued so far, three have died in the hospital. The four-storey building is at the LBS Road, near Shreyas Cinema in the western part of the area. It is a major incident according to the Mumbai Fire Brigade. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) received a call at 10.43 am and the fire trucks and disaster management teams rushed to the spot, Times of India reported. The cause of the collapse of the residential building is still unknown. However, locals have alleged that the incident took place because of the renovation work being undertaken on ground floor of the nursing home owned by Shiv Sena’s Sunil Shitap, reported ANI. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered the municipal commissioner to probe building collapse and submit a report in 15 days.
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1:24 pm: BJP MLA Raj K Purohit said in Assembly that Sunil Shitap had threatened building’s residents with a revolver.
11:13 am: Opposition created an uproar in Maharashtra assembly and demanded immediate discussion on the issue, ANI reported.
11 am: Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap has been arrested by the Mumbai Police, according to PTI.
10:20 am: Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said that the BMC had complete knowledge about the hospital on the ground floor of the building. Despite a residential building being used for commercial purposes, no action was taken.
10:15 am: Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap will be produced in court, Times Now reported.
10:04 am: Residents claim that when the pillar was removed, the building had started shaking. They often had arguments with the officials over the matter.
8:25 am: Divisional fire officer told ANI, “11 people have been rescued safely. Two of our jawans got injured during the rescue operation and are being medically treated.”
6:44 am: The death toll rose to 17, ANI reported. Rescue operations are still undergoing.
11: 15 pm: “We will investigate the matter and take action against the culprits,” ANI quoted the BMC Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar saying.
10:50 pm: Speaking about the Ghatkopar Building collapse case to CNN News18, former minister of Telecom, IT, Posts, Shipping Milind Deora said “Problem in Mumbai is not infrastructure but governance.”
10: 20 pm: Speaking on the same, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) told ANI, “Prima facie, it is revealed that the accused was carrying out illegal renovation in the building. Investigation is underway.
10: 12 pm: In the latest development to the Ghatkopar Building collapse case, Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap was booked for culpable homicide. He has been detained by Mumbai police and is being questioned, reported ANI.
10:06 pm: Offence registered, police is investigating. I have directed BMC commissioner to investigate and submit report within 15 days: Maharashtra CM was quoted as saying by ANI.
9:52 pm: Death toll rises to 12, reports CNN-News 18. It also said that an FIR has been filed against Sunil Shitap.
9:50 pm: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visits the site in Ghatkopar, says CNN-News 18 report.
9:49 pm: During the rescue operation, nearby buildings, which were also quite old, were evacuated and vehicular movement nearby was stopped.
9:39 pm: Bodies of Himadri Pahar (38) and Hansa Shau (20) were recovered from the rubble in the other incident of building collapse in Kolkata’s Taltala area, PTI said.
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9:09 pm: Mumbai police says, 19 people extracted out. 9 including 7 women, 1 child dead. FIR being registered.
8:50 pm: About 12 families were believed to be living in the ill-fated building which also housed a private nursing home on the ground floor, says IANS report.
8:41 pm: According to officials, the building figured on the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation’s list of dangerous buildings and had been served an evacuation notice six months ago.
8:31 pm: Mumbai and its suburbs had received heavy rains over since last few days, even as though there had been some respite from it since yesterday.
8:20 pm: Rajesh Diyora, a resident said some commercial activity was being carried out on the ground floor of the building, which coulld be the reason for its collapse.
8:10 pm: Locals said they heard a loud sound in the morning, similar to that of lightning in the monsoon season. “I came out of my building and found lot of dust and heard cries and noise of people seeking help. I saw parts of the building collapsing,” an eyewitness told PTI.
8:02 pm: BMC had received a call in the about the accident, said an official said. He added that fire engines, a rescue van and ambulances have rushed to the spot immediately.
7:35 pm: Most of those trapped in the debris are believed to be elderly and women, said PTI report.
7:15 pm: The NDRF has also been pressed into service to rescue those trapped under the rubble after the Ghatkopar incident in Mumbai
7:05 pm: Rescue workers are still searching through the concrete rubble as some people are still feared trapped
6:50 pm: At least two persons were killed after a building collapsed in Kolkata’s Bowbazar area today.
6:32 pm The cost of securing infrastructures in Mumbai is Rs. 50,000 crore, says Shiv Sena, as per CNN News 18.
6:25 pm Within 15 days we will come to know the cause of building collapse, says Arvind Sawant, Shiv Sena, CNN News 18 reported.
6:00 pm Three-month-old baby among dead people, reports India Today.
5:54 pm Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis orders the municipal commissioner to probe building collapse and submit a report in 15 days, ToI reported.
5.33 pm BMC commissioner Ajay mehta has ordered an inquiry into the incident. A two-member committee has been asked to submit the report in next 15 days, as per ToI.
5:30 pm Traffic advisory: Road at Sanghani Junction, Ghatkopar is shut. Traffic from LBS Road will be diverted on the eastern express highway, as per Hindustan Times.
5:12 pm 16 people have been rescued so far and have been taken to nearby Rajawadi hospital and Shantiniketan hospital for treatment, reports The Times of India.
5:04 pm Six women among nine persons reportedly killed in the building collapse.
4:58 pm The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an investigation; guilty will not be spared, says Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, ANI reported.
4:06 pm Property belongs to Shiv Sena’s Sunil Shitap, he was running hospital on ground floor and was now going to run guest house, onus lies on him, says Congress leader Pravin Chheda, ANI reported.
3:53 pm Five people have died, 8 seriously injured. Don’t know about Sunil Shitap, have ordered an inquiry: BMC Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, as per ANI.
3:48 pm Locals allege building collapsed due to renovation work being undertaken on ground floor nursing home owned by Shiv Sena’s Sunil Shitap, reported ANI.
3.34 pm: Here’ the latest image of the unfortunate incident.
3.23 pm: BMC officials are yet to ascertain the reason behind the residential building collapse in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar
3.13 pm: We are clearing the debris, it was a residential building that was being used as a godown, says Mayor
3:03 pm: 40 people are still feared trapped under the debris, CNN News18 reported.
2:43 pm: Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta visits Rajawadi hospital to meet the injured.
2:25 pm: A three month old infant, V Renuka Lalit, is among the deceased.
2:12 pm: A BMC operator said that pillars at the ground floor of the residential building were removed, CNN News18 reported. Illegal construction is a likely cause of the collapse.
1:55 pm: The death toll rises to nine, as per CNN News 18.
1:29 pm: Congress MLC Bhai Jagtap raised the issue in the Maharashtra Legislative Council.
1:23 pm: Prakash Mehta, Maharashtra Housing Minister told ANI, “Hospital has confirmed that three people have died till now.”
12:49 pm: Chief Fire Officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade, P Rahangdale told ANI, “The removal of topmost RCC slab and search of people trapped are in progress.” Rahangdale had earlier told the Indian Express that about 14 fire tenders and two rescue vans have reached the spot and operations to rescue more people are under way.
12:48pm: A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team moved to the building for rescue operations.
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This is a huge blow to the Brihanmumbau Municipal Corporation especially after incidents involving killer potholes have emerged that have caught the nation’s attention. Recently, a woman biker was run over by a truck when she tried to avoid a pothole on a National Highway. In another incident, a former TV anchor died on the spot when a coconut tree fell on top of her. The building collapse adds to the mismanagement incidents related to the civic body that has been under public scrutiny for a while now.