BJP National Secretary Sunil Deodhar tweeted: “Malad, Malvani construction was illegal. Muslims who died and injured are victims of corruption & vote bank politics of MLA Aslam Shaikh, CM Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar and RahulGandhi, who have blood on their hands and Mumbaikars must use EVMs in upcoming BMC Elections and teach them a lesson.”
BJP corporator Mishra added: “The guardian minister and MLA Aslam Shaikh attributed the Wednesday’s building collapse incident to the incessant rains. Mumbai witnesses heavy rain every year and every year we see, house or wall collapse incidents in Malvani. These are illegal structures and have become part of Malvani’s development pattern on collector’s land, MHADA land or BMC land. Booking the owner of the building and contractor is not the only solution, BMC staff or staff of collector’s office, whoever was negligent in this matter, should be booked for homicide.”
Mishra has even demanded that MLA and minister Aslam Shaikh must resign after this incident.
Responding to the allegations, Mayor Kishori Pednekar said: “Culprits should take responsibility for this. More than looking into whose administration it was, what should be determined is who was responsible for this. Had everyone been responsible, it wouldn’t have happened.”
“Let BJP bark if they want to. They think that everything is the fault of Shiv Sena and they themselves are clean,” she retorted.
Illegal and dilapidated structures
As per the data available through RTI, 3,945 structures have collapsed in the city in six years between 2013 and 2019.
In all these incidents, 300 people have lost their lives and around 1,146 people were injured. Details available through Right to Information (RTI) procured by activist Shakeel Shaikh, show that in 2013, 531 structures collapsed, leading to 101 deaths and 183 injuries. “Among the structures which collapsed, 90 per cent of them are buildings, while other structures, such as walls or roofs, comprise 10 per cent,” said Shaikh.
In 2014, there were 343 such incidents, leading to 21 deaths and 100 injuries. Subsequently, there were 417 collapses, 15 deaths, and 120 injuries in 2015, Shaikh informed.
In 2016, 486 structures had collapsed leading to 24 deaths and 172 injuries, while in 2017 and 2018 there were 568 and 619 accidents, respectively. The highest number of structures collapsed in 2019 – 943 – leading to 137 deaths and 579 injuries.