Atleast 17 persons including 11 women and three month old baby were killed in four-storied residential building crash in Ghatkopar suburb of Mumbai on Tuesday morning.
“Until 9 pm, 23 people were extricated from the rubble, out of whom 12 were declared dead while 11 injured have been admitted in various hospitals,” said Mahesh Narvekar, the chief of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Disaster Management cell.
He said the search and rescue operation would continue.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis too visited the spot yesterday.
The ground floor of the building in the suburb of Ghatkopar housed a nursing home, which was vacant at the time, while the rest of the building was occupied by three or four families on each floor, he said.
Local Shiv Sena leader Sunil Ramesh Shitap was today arrested after the collapse was linked to illegal repairs being carried out in the nursing home on ground floor owned by him.
According to the FIR, three flats on the ground floor are owned by Sunil Shitap where the renovation work was going on.
RCC, pillars and walls connecting the three flats were pulled down completely to make a huge hall type structure.
Shitap wanted to make a hotel on the ground floor.
According to the sources building was very strong and base structures on the ground floor was completely removed by the contractor during renovation work and hence the building came down.
According to eyewitnesses, around 10:43 am, the building suddenly collapsed.
The Mumbai Fire Brigade, BMC rescue teams, NDRF and SDRF teams and others rushed to spot with 14 fire engines, rescue vans, ambulances, JCBs and metal cutters.
Rescuers said that 11 have been admitted to various hospitals for treatment.
Two of the injured are firemen who were suffocated after inhaling fumes from a ruptured gas pipeline.
The rest were discharged after treatment.