Bhiwandi building collapse: Bombay HC initiates suo motu PIL

Bhiwandi building collapse: Bombay HC initiates suo motu PIL

On Monday morning a ground plus three-storey building collapsed in Bhiwandi in Thane district. On Thursday, even the Bombay High Court took suo moto cognisance of this building collapse in Bhiwandi and described it as a ”very serious” incident. A bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta made the state of Maharashtra, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, and civic bodies of Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Kalyan-Dombivali, Thane and Navi Mumbai as respondents in the case.

This statement was made by the high court while it was hearing an unrelated case of construction in Kalyan-Dombivali. Chief Justice Datta remarked, ”A building has collapsed in Bhiwandi, several lives have been lost. We are told the situation is quite serious in Mumbai too,” Chief Justice Datta said. ”We are making the state and all municipal corporations parties and issuing notices,” he said while directing Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni to ensure the state and the civic bodies filed their replies to the notices.

The high court also mentioned that replies in this regards have to be filed in two weeks.

The rescue operations that were being carried out by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been called off today on Thursday at 11:45. The death toll from this incident has now climbed to 41. During this operation, the team also rescued 25 people from the debris. 

Even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home minister Amit Shah and the President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted their condolences and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in this incident.

Meanwhile, two civic officials have been suspended after the building collapse incident and an offence has been registered against the building owner. It is being said that the building was not in the list of dilapidated structures of the BNMC. There is also An inquiry committee set up under the chairmanship of additional commissioner Omprakash Divte to inquire about the matter.

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