Mumbra building collapse: Three weeks after deadline, probe report yet to come in
One-member committee still to come up with concrete conclusions; fate of thousands living in illegal buildings remains uncertain
While memories of the April Mumbra building collapse that claimed 74 lives, left children homeless and families distraught continue to haunt the survivors, the administration seems to have long forgotten the tragic incident.
Over 21 days have passed since the three-month deadline that was given to the probe committee ended. So far, the government has not even extended the term of the committee.
Several officials, who directly or indirectly helped the illegal Lucky Compound come up, were arrested after the incident. The catastrophe was such that it raised a political storm with demand of stringent action against such activities.
Amid the heated debates and mounting death toll after the incident, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had announced a one-member committee to probe the incident on April 5, a day after the tragedy. But the formal orders came only on April 26. Additional chief secretary of the revenue department Swadhin Kshatriya was asked to head the committee that according to sources began its task soon after.
Sources who are aware of the developments said, that after a few submissions made by the various parties involved in the incident, two hearings were held in order to ascertain the role of Thane Municipal Corporation officials, but no concrete conclusions could be drawn.
Kshatriya’s foreign voyage to undergo training commenced on July 19 and as a result the committee missed its July 26 deadline for submission of the report.
Kshatriya is expected to return on August 22. Even after missing its target date, there has been no talk of extending the term of the committee. When asked, an official from the urban development department confirmed that the committee has not submitted its findings.