Another illegal building develops cracks in Mumbra

Jun 24, 2013, 01:10 IST | Richa Pinto

The ground-plus-five storey Noor building is home to 21 families; to prevent disaster, Thane Municipal Corporation officials initiated evacuation yesterday only to be met by opposition from residents

Chaos broke out in a residential building at Sanjay Nagar in Mumbra after the beam of the third and fourth floors of the structure developed cracks yesterday.

Fearing an impending mishap, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) disaster management officials along with fire brigade and police teams reached the spot and requested residents living in the three-year-old Noor building to evacuate immediately.

Impending disaster: The TMC officials point out the cracked beam in the Noor building yesterday

As many as 21 families resided in the ground-plus-five floor building and it housed seven shops as well. However, a lot of residents were refusing to leave, as they had no other place to go.

Living in fear
The collapse of Smruti building in Mumbra, under the jurisdiction of TMC, that claimed 10 lives on June 21 has generated a lot of fear amongst locals.

Sandeep Malvi, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of TMC claimed that the structure was illegal.

“We are requesting the residents of the building to evacuate. However, they have been refusing to do so. Therefore, a notice has also been put forth by us in the building premises stating that the structure is in a dilapidated condition and thereby it’s important for those residing in it to move out at the earliest,” he said.

Recently when Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik had visited the Smruti building collapse site outside Mumbra railway station on June 21, he had emphasised on the need for buildings to get their structural audits done for the safety of the residents so that the existing defects could be understood. 

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