Their lives changed forever, their homes were destroyed nearly a year ago, but residents of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Market department quarters on Dockyard Road, which collapsed last year killing 61 in the tragic incident, are yet to find relief and peace.

The four-storeyed Babu Genu market building in Dockyard Road collapsed on September 27, 2013. It housed the employees of the BMC’s Market department
The four-storeyed Babu Genu market building in Dockyard Road collapsed on September 27, 2013. It housed the employees of the BMC’s Market department

As the incident nears its first anniversary, the authorities have turned a blind eye to the woes of the families of their own employees. On September 27, 2013, the four-storeyed Babu Genu market building, which housed employees of the BMC Market department, came crumbling down. Hundreds were trapped under the rubble; 61 died and several were injured.

While the BMC did eventually rehabilitate the families six families went to the SRA building in Ghatkopar (East) and nine to the MHADA complex in Saat Rasta and provided financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the families of employees and Rs 2 lakh to relatives, the civic body has failed in its subsequent duties.

mid-day spoke to residents at the Saat Rasta complex, and found out that they are yet to get official allotment letters for their new houses. Without the official letter, families are left without a document that acts as a proof of their new address. This means they cannot procure basic essentials like a gas connection, a ration card.