A four-storeyed building in Jai Punit Nagar, Kandivali was evacuated after cracks on one of the pillars of the building was observed and immediately the premises was sealed by the police which led the residents homeless and helpless.
The residents were assured by the police that they will be escorted by a fire brigade personnel to move inside the building and collect their belongings. But the residents were not allowed till 4.30 pm of the next day and at last the residents lost their calm and forcefully entered the building and collected their belongings.
“Students needed their books and senior citizens their medicines. Office-goers had left their laptops and chequebooks behind. We had no choice but to enter forcibly.” said Birju Gandhi, one of the affected resident.
BMC-appointed structural engineer Kaustubh Raikar said the flats will be out of bounds for at least a month.
“The building’s foundation is damaged due to erosion and this has led to a column breaking. A soil test will be performed on Tuesday,” said Ramakant Biradar, assistant commissioner of the R-Central ward.
“The future of me and my family is in dark and there is no clarity on how long we would have to stay out of our home,” said Vinod Band, a ground-floor resident.
“The crack that was spotted was in the corner of a beam. It wasn’t necessary to evacuate the residents and making them homeless,” said Vijay Singh, a fourth-floor resident.
In such instances, there is a need of proper guidance by the authorities as people at that time are unaware of the exact condition. It’s the responsibility of the authority to clear the residents with further actions.
A similar incident of building wall getting huge cracks have been reported in Borivali and residents have been evacuated from the premises.