Two killed as building collapses in Byculla

Two persons were killed when a part of an under-repair building collapsed in Byculla around 10.30 am on Tuesday. One portion of the Laxmi Apartments, a cessed building on which MHADA had undertaken repairs, collapsed on two labourers standing on the ground floor, killing one on the spot.

Ahmed Shaikh (45) along with another unidentified victim were rushed to Nair Hospital where the former succumbed to severe chest injuries around 3.30 pm.

Since the other victim was brought dead to the hospital and no one came forward to claim his body during the day, hospital authorities have not been able to establish his identity.

An official from the Fire Brigade department, involved in the rescue operations, said the building on N M Joshi Road near Byculla station is more than 50 years old. It was being repaired by MHADA, which had put iron scaffolding on the building. A portion of the wooden balcony and the adjacent wall on the first floor of the four-storey building collapsed on a makeshift stall on the ground floor under which the two victims were standing.

There are about 16,302 cessed buildings declared by MHADA across the city of which the BMC had identified 52 municipal buildings as highly dilapidated and in a dangerous condition in its pre-monsoon survey last year. The survey also pointed out 197 private buildings that are in a highly dilapidated condition.

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