Mumbai Ghatkopar Hoarding Collapse: Death Toll Rises To 16, Rescue Operations Underway

Following the collapse of a billboard in Mumbai's Ghatkopar East area, the death toll in the incident has risen to 16. To remove the collapsed hoarding the MMRDA had dispatched two 500-tonne cranes. MMRDA also sent a team of 60 personnel from the Metro Line 4 Amar Mahal site to assist with the rescue and relief operations.
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Mumbai Ghatkopar Hoarding Collapse

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Following the collapse of a billboard in Mumbai's Ghatkopar East area, the death toll in the incident has risen to 16.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Bhusan Gagrani said on Tuesday that three hoardings adjacent to the accident site are in the process of getting removed. The three hoardings which are in the process of getting removed were put up by the same agency whose hoarding crashed on Monday.
A BMC official said that the hoarding that caused the accident in Ghatkopar was installed illegally. A total hoardings were put up by EGO Media, one has been removed and BMC has given notice to remove the remaining three.
The 100-foot-tall illegal billboard fell at a petrol pump in Ghatkopar during dust storms and unseasonal rains that lashed Mumbai on Monday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had visited Ghatkopar same day, where the hoarding collapsed and announced that a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of the deceased.
Eyewitness Swapnil Khupte said, "I was there when a big hoarding of some builder fell down, all the cars, bikes and people that were there got stuck. We helped people get out and somehow manage to escape."
To remove the collapsed hoarding the MMRDA had dispatched two 500-tonne cranes. Gas cutters were also provided but they were not used due to fire hazard concerns at the petrol pump. MMRDA also sent a team of 60 personnel from the Metro Line 4 Amar Mahal site to assist with the rescue and relief operations. Manthan K Mehta and Sanjeev Devasia, two officials from the site said that the team was well equipped with essential machinery and tools, including four Hydra cranes, to facilitate operations at the site.
The NDRF, MMRDA and Man Infraconstruction Ltd came together and responded to this situation. Former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya also raised concerns regarding the illegal installation of the hoardings.
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