Mumbai, July 15: In a tragic incident that took place on Tuesday morning, a four-storey-building in Dongri collapsed. According to confirmed reports, three people died and several are believed to be still trapped inside the debris. The number of casualties is expected to rise. After the tragedy took place, it came to light that the building was 100 years old and it was declared unsafe by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a letter dated 7 August, 2017. "The building was classified as 'C1' and was to be evacuated for demolition at the earliest and in the event of any mishap, this office won't be responsible," the BMC letter said. Mumbai Building Collapse: 3 Dead, 8 Injured After Building Collapses in Dongri, Many Feared Trapped.
This has become a very common scenario in Mumbai, especially during the monsoons. Headlines of building, wall or a bridge collapse in Mumbai are a common sight. We are halfway into this year and there have been several such incidents reported in the city. Let's take a look at some tragic incidents that have occurred this year till now, which highlight the crumbling infrastructure of the financial capital of India.
Early this month, Mumbai was battered with very heavy rainfalls which caused severe water-logging in several areas and traffic snarls. Local train lines were submerged and while people were battling these odds, came the news of Malad wall collapse. The compound wall in Pimpripada in Malad east area collapsed and people living in shanties adjacent to the wall got trapped under the debris. Over 26 people were killed and 75 injured were admitted to civic-run hospitals. Malad Wall Collapse: Death Toll Rises to 21, 78 Injured in Tragedy After Overnight Downpour
Last week there have been two incidents of wall crash, one in Andheri and the other one in Govandi. In these incidents, around 9 people were injured and luckily there were no casualties.
Every monsoon, incidents of people falling in uncovered drains and manholes are recorded, this year is no different. A seven-year-old boy drowned in an open drain, this Monday, thus making it the third incident of its kind in six days in the country's commercial capital. The victim, Sumit Jaiswal, fell into an open drain near a garden in the Rajiv Gandhi Colony in Dharavi and his body was taken out after a few hours by rescuers. Mumbai: 3-Year-Old Divyansh Missing After Falling Into Open Manhole in Goregaon's Ambedkar Nagar, Search And Rescue Operation Continue.
On July 13, a 12-year-boy Bablu Paswan fell in a pit at a construction site of the coastal road project in Worli. While the rescue operation is still on to locate the body of three-year-old toddler Divyansh who fell into the gutter in Goregaon. In a near-death experience, a Mumbai based journalist had a narrow escape after he fell into a manhole at Andheri's Veera Desai Road on July 2. Luckily he managed to be alive and therefore could mock BMC through a series of tweet. Mumbai Rains: Journalist Survives Fall Into Open Manhole, Mocks BMC on Twitter
In March, a foot over bridge (FOB) outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (CST) Railway station in Mumbai collapsed which led to the death of five people and 36 were injured in the incident. BMC didn't learn any lesson from the Andheri crash. Mumbai CSMT Foot Over Bridge Collapse: FOB Was Declared 'Fit For Use' in Audit Report Six Months Ago.
These umpteen incidents highlight that while Mumbai may boast of being the financial capital of the country, but the infrastructure is going down in shambles.