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Epicentre: Mumbai Crumbling

Jul 17, 2019 10:18 AM IST India India

It is a cycle of apathy and death in the maximum city - Today - a 4-story building in Mumbai's Dongri area in South Mumbai collapsed - killing 4 people...about 30-40 people are still feared trapped in the debris. Rescue operations are underway with NDRF teams at the spot pulling survivors out of the rubble. This building was illegally constructed - a fact that has been confimed by the Trustee - and now the the blamegame has erupted - the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority has blamed the BMC and the private developer - claiming that the building was set to be demolished in 2012 and the job was handed to a private developer - adding that the NoC to redevelop the building was sent the same year. The BMC on the other hand says they issued an evacuation notice in 2017 to the Housing and Area Development Authority which declared it dangerous - however - the building was not in the BMC's 'most dangerous list'. Clearly orders were passed - files were moves around - but no real action was taken - and another tragedy has scarred the maximum city. So many urban disasters - but when will accountability be finally fixed? Who will protect Mumbaikars from these urban death traps if not the people elected to the job?