According to eyewitnesses, around 10.43 am, the building suddenly collapsed amidst a thick cloud of dust and they heard screams and cries of help from the residents. Fire engines, a rescue van and ambulances were rushed to the spot immediately, he said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the building collapse site tonight.
Fadnavis has asked the BMC commissioner to submit a report within 15 days, Mungantiwar said.
The structure, Saidarshan Apartment, came down on at Ghatkopar's Damodar Park area and housed around 15 families. Rescue work was underway late on Tuesday evening to extricate around eight persons feared trapped under the rubble. Two fire tenders and a huge team from the fire department along with personnel from Disaster Management units and police staff of the local police station were conducting the search, the officer said. Fire fighter Ganesh Khandge and his associate also suffocated owing to gas leak while trying to rescue a woman. Here are the live visuals from the Mumbai Ghatkopar Building Collapses.
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A resident of the building, Reeta Doshi and her son were lucky to escape the crash as she had just stepped out of the building for temple. The doctors from the hospital said that they are expecting more casualties and the existing patients have suffered trauma injuries but none of them are in critical condition.
Diyora had left for his office just before the building caved in.
Building was not in the C1 category building and was extremely risky that needs immediate redevelopment, BMC sources said.