Alarmed by Tuesday's building collapse that killed 10 people, the
civic body in Thane in Maharashtra said there were about 800
buildings in dilapidated condition posing danger to over 100,000
"There are some 800 buildings in our list of dilapidated structures.
It will take at least a day to assess the condition and strength of
one building and decide whether it is safe enough for people to
stay," Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) Deputy Municipal
Commissioner B.G. Pawar said.
Townships like Kalwa and Mumbra along with Thane city are a part of
TMC. They have a population of around two million.
Ironically, Kalwa township's Sonibai Bhavan - which crashed Tuesday
- was not in TMC's list of dilapidated structures.
Officials fear it would take several years for them to ascertain
whether each building in the city was strong or not.
"Sonibai Bhavan was not in our list of dilapidated structures and
there are several such buildings which are yet to be assessed,"
The Sonibai Bhavan building collapse is the third such incident in
On Aug 2, residents of Babu Hafiz Zindani apartments had to shift
out as their building collapsed after developing cracks. Vilas
apartments in the same area tilted and the residents were shifted
out June 20.
"In fact, none of these three buildings are in our list of dangerous
structures," Pawar said.
There were no deaths in the two earlier incidents.