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Bombay High Court Orders Judicial Inquiry into Mumbai Building Collapse

Lawstreet Journal 14 Jun 2021 8:42pm

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The Bombay High Court has initiated a judicial inquiry into the building collapse incident in the Malwani area of Mumbai, which claimed that 12 people lost their life including 8 children.

The court said that the incident proved that there existed absolute lawlessness in the municipal wards in Mumbai as well as its adjoining areas.

A bench of Chief Justice and Justice GS Kulkarni passed the order in a Suo Moto PIL to “put an end to the menace that unauthorized and dilapidated buildings pose to humankind” after 38 people died because of a building collapse incident in Bhiwandi on September 21, 2020.

The court directed the inquiry commissioner to submit the preliminary report of the incident by June 24.

The court further noted that between May 15 and June 10 this year, four incidents of building collapse were reported in Mumbai and its adjoining areas, in which a total of 24 people died.

CJI asked that,

“Were these buildings where demolition orders were passed and courts have stayed the demolitions or are these unauthorized structures and no action was taken. We read the owner (Malad building) performed the final rites of 8 people."

On this BMC’s (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) counsel, Anil Sakhare said the Malad building was on Collector’s land and referred to a Government Resolution.

"1/3rd of South Mumbai is on Collectors Land," the bench remarked

Justice Kulkarni said that,

“We will have to hold those in charge of the Malad building responsible for this; we need to… Continue Reading...

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