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Bombay HC Terms Bhiwandi Building Collapse As ‘Very Serious’

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday took cognizance of the demolition of the building in Bhiwandi city of Thane district of Maharashtra and termed it a “very serious” incident.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta responded to the case of Maharashtra State, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, and the civic bodies of Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Kalyan-Dombivali, Thane, and Navi Mumbai.

The court was hearing another unrelated case of construction in Kalyan-Dombivali when Chief Justice Dutta remarked that the incident in Bhiwandi, which killed around 40 people, was a “very serious one”.

The three-story building in Bhiwandi power loom city on the outskirts of Mumbai crashed on Monday.

Chief Justice Dutta said, “A building in Bhiwandi has collapsed, many people have lost their lives. We have been told that the situation in Mumbai is also very serious.”

“We are partying with the state and all the municipal corporations and issuing notices,” he said.

The reply will have to be filed in two weeks, the High Court said, taking cognizance of the incident (on its own).

“We will file a detailed reply to what has been done so far across the state for such buildings and measures, as well as the steps we propose to take in the future,” Kumbakoni said.

Despite evacuation notices in Mumbai and surrounding areas, there have been cases of dilapidated construction and occupation of dilapidated structures on tenants.

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