A wall next to the parking lot of a residential building in Mumbai’s Wadala area collapsed after a large portion of the compound caved-in during the wee hours on Monday.
The incident took place at Lloyds Estate Building (C & D-Wing) located at Dosti Acres, next to new Dosti complex, in Antop Hill, Wadala around 4 am today.
According to preliminary information, a massive portion of the compound caved in due to the excavation work that was being carried out for an adjacent under-construction building.
Around 15 cars were damaged with some vehicles getting buried under the debris, an official of the BMC’s disaster management cell said.
Fortunately, no casualties were reported due to the incident.
However, since the road disintegrated a few metres away from the building, civic officials have asked residents to evacuate it. A team of civic officials and Mumbai Fire Brigade are on the spot to oversee the evacuation.
The residents will be allowed to enter homes after BMC officials have ascertained that the building is safe for habitation.
While heavy rains could have been a factor in the road caving in, the incident raises serious doubts about the quality of construction and the planning undertaken for the new building.
With the Southwest Monsoon picking up momentum, heavy rains lashed the Mumbai Metropolitan Region throughout the night and continued this morning, causing water-logging at several places and slowing the movement of suburban trains.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials, Mumbai received 231.4 mm rain in the last 24 hours.
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