Mumbai: Happy ending as Kalbadevi building fire survivor ties the knot

Priyanka Pol, who survived the blaze at Gokul Niwas at Kalbadevi, married Swapnil Surve yesterday in Chira Bazar

After receiving a second scare on the eve of her wedding, Kalbadevi fire survivor Priyanka Pol finally tied the knot with Swapnil Surve in a simple ceremony at a hall in Chira Bazar on Saturday. 

"I am very grateful for all the help that I got from the media and I am satisfied that the wedding took place exactly the way I had wanted it to be," said Priyanka’s father, Shivaji Pol.

Priyanka Pol gets married to Swapnil Surve on his birthday at Girgaon, Chira Bazar. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Priyanka Pol gets married to Swapnil Surve on his birthday at Girgaon, Chira Bazar Pic/Bipin Kokate

"Quite a few of the household items were gifted to Priyanka by a family friend from Satara. We managed to make as many arrangements as possible in just a matter of three weeks. Priyanka’s in-laws have been so supportive and they helped us with everything," said Priyanka’s mother Manda.

No, not again
Priyanka got the second scare of her life on Friday night when a fire broke out on the 22nd floor of Standard Mill Compound building where she has been given a transit home on the 19th floor. The fire was immediately brought under control.

Wedding ceremony of Priyanka Pol and Swapnil Surve

Wedding ceremony of Priyanka Pol and Swapnil Surve

"We just felt so disheartened as to why such a thing was happening again. Priyanka almost broke down last night when we were told to vacate the building just for a while for precautionary reasons. However, soon we returned to our flat and carried on with the ceremony," added Manda.

Priyanka said she couldn’t afford much gold jewellery, and had bought some costume jewellery, which she wore for the main ceremony. Around 500 people were treated to a buffet lunch followed by a reception.

Wedding ceremony of Priyanka Pol and Swapnil Surve

Wedding ceremony of Priyanka Pol and Swapnil Surve

"When the fire took place that evening, the state of the family was miserable. However, it’s good to see her happily getting married today," said Raj Purohit, an MLA from Colaba

He added that the Kalbadevi building will soon be rebuilt. "The talks of re-developing the building are in progress. It has already been cleared at three levels and now we are just awaiting a go-ahead from the BMC once it is discussed in the standing committee," added Purohit.

Swapnil’s sister, Swehta Lad said, "At the end, all is well. That night was a trying period for us. Priyanka had lost everything, except for the clothes she was wearing she had nothing left. But now with all the help she has everything and I am very happy for my brother and her."

Wedding ceremony of Priyanka Pol and Swapnil Surve

Wedding ceremony of Priyanka Pol and Swapnil Surve

The wedding hall was well equipped with fire extinguishers. "We are playing it extremely safe now. It’s better to be safe than sorry", said Swapnil.

Priyanka’s parents are planning to return to their village in Satara after the wedding. "I’m feeling so relieved now. Though we had all the support, as a mother I was still tense. I will miss the lanes of Kalbadevi," said Manda.

Bridespeak
Priyanka was pleased with the turnout of people at her wedding. "I am so glad to have a partner like Swapnil, who along with his family supported me completely. I thank the media through which I received so much help," she said on a happy note.

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Mumbai: After the Kalbadevi building fire, a new beginning for survivor
Three weeks after the South Mumbai building blaze destroyed her wedding finery and her house, Priyanka Pol, who will tie the knot today, has managed to have her pre-wedding ceremonies as planned. (Read more)

Mumbai: Kalbadevi fire survivor gets second scare on the eve of her wedding
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