Sr citizen dies as Tardeo bldg flooring caves in

A 78-year-old polio afflicted woman, who was lying on her bed at her second floor flat in Soonawala building in Tardeo, died on Tuesday morning after the flooring gave way and she fell to the ground floor, smashing the first floor’s ceiling as well. She was rushed to Bhatia Hospital but died there, said the Gamdevi police.

Assistant inspector Sudhir Dalvi, who is probing the accidental death case, identified the deceased as Homai Bharucha, a resident of Sona building at Parsi Colony, Tardeo. "Bharucha, who was undergoing treatment for sometime, was lying on her bed. Her son, daughter in-law and granddaughter were in another room when the incident took place. The family members ran out when they heard a heavy thud. They found a bleeding Bharucha and rushed her to the nearby Bhatia Hospital. She was declared dead," said Dalvi.

He added that a domestic help, Veena (40), who was in the kitchen of the first floor tenant during the incident, also fell and landed on the ground floor. "She suffered minor injuries," added Dalvi. "Luckily, no one was present on the ground floor. A portion of this 80-year-old building has been evacuated for repairs," said Dalvi. Bharucha’s body was sent for a post-mortem to JJ Hospital.

"Soonawala was not on the list of cessed buildings declared dangerous by a survey carried out by Mhada. The housing authority had repaired a portion of the building 15 years ago. Though it is nearly 80 years old, the building appears to be in a good condition to the naked eye, but one cannot know the internal problems of drainage or seepage which may have weakened some building portions,” said Mohan Thombre, chief officer of Mhada’s Mumbai Building Repair and Reconstruction Board. A Mhada team will inspect the building for the next two days to determine the cause of the slab collapse.

Two years ago, Mhada had inspected the building and had initiated the process for carrying out minor repairs. But, the tenants refused to have Mhada carry out repairs. Three months ago, the tenants had once again approached Mhada to carry out repairs. "We had sent our architect to inspect the building, who was to submit his report when this fatal incident occurred,” said Thombre.

  • gb

    Trust is fully responsible for her death. This is a criminal offence. Trustees have purposely not repaired the building when the notice was sent few months back. They were purposely delaying the matter and looking for redevelopment and making more unaccounted money by not looking after old tenants. this is a worst punishment to my family members – near and dear ones whom i lost.

  • gb

    Trust is fully responsible for her death. This is a criminal offence. Trustees have purposely not repaired the building when the notice was sent few months back. They were purposely delaying the matter and looking for redevelopment and making more unaccounted money by not looking after old tenants. this is a worst punishment to my family members – near and dear ones whom i lost.

  • gb

    This is pure negligence on the part of trustees. This is a criminal offence. The son of the deceased must file a case in the appropriate court against such trustees who are greedy enough for redevelopment and no repairs. lot of lives are in danger.

  • gb

    This is pure negligence on the part of trustees. This is a criminal offence. The son of the deceased must file a case in the appropriate court against such trustees who are greedy enough for redevelopment and no repairs. lot of lives are in danger.

  • Phiroze

    Many tenants also make illegal internal changes in the flat by converting kitchens to bedroom or bathrooms to kitchens which results in such unfortunate incidents. It would be interesting to note the rent paid by tenants to the trust.

  • Phiroze

    Many tenants also make illegal internal changes in the flat by converting kitchens to bedroom or bathrooms to kitchens which results in such unfortunate incidents. It would be interesting to note the rent paid by tenants to the trust.

  • RATHESTAR.

    It is a Charity building and so the question of amount of rent is irrelevant. Besides the tenant pays Repairs Cess. If internal modifications are carried out then the concerned Trust should have taken legal action.

  • RATHESTAR.

    It is a Charity building and so the question of amount of rent is irrelevant. Besides the tenant pays Repairs Cess. If internal modifications are carried out then the concerned Trust should have taken legal action.

  • gb

    u can find out from the trust office under r.t.i.

  • gb

    u can find out from the trust office under r.t.i.

  • gb

    u can find out from the trust office under r.t.i.

  • Phiroze

    Do you think that what the tenants pay rent or cess is enough for repairs at todays costs?

  • Phiroze

    Do you think that what the tenants pay rent or cess is enough for repairs at todays costs?

  • Bomansha Patel

    WHAT ABOUT THE “PUGREES” WHICH HAVE BEEN LEGALISED AND GO IN THE POCKETS OF SOME IF NOT ALL TRUSTEES? IF THE BUILDING IS NOT GIVING YIELD WHY ARE THEY NOT BEING SOLD OFF UNLESS THERE IS LURE OF PUGREE?

  • Bomansha Patel

    WHAT ABOUT THE “PUGREES” WHICH HAVE BEEN LEGALISED AND GO IN THE POCKETS OF SOME IF NOT ALL TRUSTEES? IF THE BUILDING IS NOT GIVING YIELD WHY ARE THEY NOT BEING SOLD OFF UNLESS THERE IS LURE OF PUGREE?

  • From where will Trusts pay salary of parasites working in their offices except from Pugree?

  • From where will Trusts pay salary of parasites working in their offices except from Pugree?

  • From where will Trusts pay salary of parasites working in their offices except from Pugree?

  • Phiroze

    The question was if the yield is enough for the repairs? How many “pugrees” happen in a year? Where I am staying I have seen only 2 “pugrees” in 43 years. The tenants have to pay half of the cost for the Trust to be able to maintain the buildings as we are doing.

  • Phiroze

    The question was if the yield is enough for the repairs? How many “pugrees” happen in a year? Where I am staying I have seen only 2 “pugrees” in 43 years. The tenants have to pay half of the cost for the Trust to be able to maintain the buildings as we are doing.

  • gb

    Maharashtra State Rent Control Act 2005 clearly stipulates 18 % to be paid to the trust as transfer of tenancy rent receipt charges and balance amount can be taken by pay order. (Full white money).This is approved even by the Honourable High Court. Trust is supposed to issue receipt to the outgoing tenant for this 18 % amount. Still all the other trusts including BPP demands forcefully against the law 50 percent from the tenant in unaccounted money. So there is ample corruption in parsi community which even anna hazare and kejriwal also cannot eradicate.

  • gb

    Maharashtra State Rent Control Act 2005 clearly stipulates 18 % to be paid to the trust as transfer of tenancy rent receipt charges and balance amount can be taken by pay order. (Full white money).This is approved even by the Honourable High Court. Trust is supposed to issue receipt to the outgoing tenant for this 18 % amount. Still all the other trusts including BPP demands forcefully against the law 50 percent from the tenant in unaccounted money. So there is ample corruption in parsi community which even anna hazare and kejriwal also cannot eradicate.

  • Phiroze

    @gb, maybe if people like you, contradhongi, bomansha get elected in the next elections the community would not need anna or kejriwal. Please read the interview of Kejriwal in newspaper today as to why he deceided to stand for and fight elections.

  • Phiroze

    @gb, maybe if people like you, contradhongi, bomansha get elected in the next elections the community would not need anna or kejriwal. Please read the interview of Kejriwal in newspaper today as to why he deceided to stand for and fight elections.

  • gb

    U need not stand for elections to fight for your rights. All you need is keep your eyes and ears open and fight to get justice in the courts. We do not need anna or kejriwal. we already have gadkaris and sonias. but where is honesty ??

  • gb

    U need not stand for elections to fight for your rights. All you need is keep your eyes and ears open and fight to get justice in the courts. We do not need anna or kejriwal. we already have gadkaris and sonias. but where is honesty ??

  • gb

    People have short memories. Person dies and everybody forgets after sometime. What the family goes through is known only to them. The trust must take full responsibility of rehabilitation of all families of this building. We have many such old buildings which are not even maintained by trustees.

  • gb

    People have short memories. Person dies and everybody forgets after sometime. What the family goes through is known only to them. The trust must take full responsibility of rehabilitation of all families of this building. We have many such old buildings which are not even maintained by trustees.

  • Phiroze

    Fighting for justice in the courts also costs a lot of money. Instead pay 50% of the cost of repairs to the Trust. Thats a win win solution for both the parties.

  • Phiroze

    Fighting for justice in the courts also costs a lot of money. Instead pay 50% of the cost of repairs to the Trust. Thats a win win solution for both the parties.

  • Phiroze

    The trust can maintian such buildings only if those staying there are willing to contribute to the costs. The rent paid cannot cover such expenses.

  • Phiroze

    The trust can maintian such buildings only if those staying there are willing to contribute to the costs. The rent paid cannot cover such expenses.