Documenting major tragedies and mishaps in the maximum city in the past two years (2017-2018)
It seems the financial capital of India, Mumbai, is need of a major help. The city has been witnessing one mishap after another since 2017. Nearly 1,700 rain-related incidents have been reported since June 1 this year, according to data obtained from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). There were 38 rain-related deaths and 56 injuries in the first month of the monsoon.
According to the data received by Mumbai’s Government Railway Police (GRP) for Suburban Railways, 1,481 people have died and 1,602 have been injured in the city from January 1 to June 30.
Following is the list of major tragedies and mishap that shook Mumbai.
- July 11: Power supply to low lying areas, Vasai and Virar, restored after 37 hours as substations were submerged in heavy rain water
- July 9: Tree falls on ACP (central region) S Jaykumar’s car in Matunga due to heavy rain
- July 3: Gokhale Bridge on SV Road, which connects Andheri East and Andheri West, caves in; 1 dead, 4 injured. A structural audit of the bridge, along with 2,000 other bridges and 550 ROBs, in November 2017 found no structural flaw
- July 3: Dahanu local catches fire near Virar after a short circuit. Power supply to all four lines at Virar station affected; 30 train services cancelled
- June 28: A chartered aircraft crashes next to an under-construction building in densely populated Ghatkopar area killing 5. Civil aviation minister ordered inquiry but local police is yet to register an FIR
- June 24: Wall of an under-construction building collapses at Lloyd’s Estate in Antop Hill in Wadala after heavy rain. The wall collapsed into an adjoining plot of land being developed by Dosti Realty. Several cars buried under the debris. Case filed against Dosti Realty Limited under sections 336 (Act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 287 (Negligent conduct with respect to machinery)
- June 7: 13-year-old Drushti Mungra dies after a tree falls on her in Dahisar. The tree was on private land and BMC received no complaints before. BMC does not have a compensation policy for casualties related to open manholes, craters and tree falls
- June 2: Major fire at income tax office in Scindia House; no casualties
- May 28: 92-year-old woman dies outside a temple at Walkeshwar after a tree falls on her. Blaming the BMC for her death, her relatives claim that the corporation did not conduct a proper inspection of trees. BMC, however, blames the trust in whose premises the incident happened.
- January 13: Major fire destroys the Ceremonial lounge at the domestic terminal 1B of the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport; no casualties
- January 6: Massive fire engulfs Cine Vista film studio, Kanjurmarg, due to faulty electric wiring; 1 dead
- January 4: Fire at Maimoon Building in Marol residential complex in suburban Mumbai; 4 dead, 5 injured
- December 29: Fire at two rooftop restaurants in the Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel; 14 killed and 55 injured. Owners of Mojo’s Bistro and 1Above arrested. Bombay high court sets up an inquiry committee. Mumbai fire brigade officer, Rajendra Patil , granted bail
- December 25: Fire at 32-storey Legend building in Walkeshwar; no casualties
- December 18: Fire at a snacks and farsan wholesale shop in a high density slum area of Sakinaka, Andheri east; 12 killed. BMC’s report indicted a senior sanitary inspector
- December 4: A woman dies after a 45 ft tall Gulmohar tree falls on her while she was sitting on a bench near Diamond Garden, Chembur
- September 29: Stampede on the foot over bridge connecting Elphinstone Road and Parel stations in Central Mumbai; 22 dead, 35 injured. Four months after the incident, the army built a FOB on the northern side of Parel station to ease congestion, but only a few used it. In July 2018, a six metre wide and 73 metre long FOB connecting Parel and Elphinstone Road Stations was opened
- October 26: Fire at Behrampada slum in Bandra E; 74 hutments and two shops full of tailoring material gutted. Blaze breaks out during BMC’s demolition drive; a part of Bandra station’s ticket counter charred
- October 6: Major fire in a BPCL diesel tank after lightning strike during torrential rain and thunderstorm. No human casualties. Diesel worth crores of rupees burned nearly three days before the fire was extinguished
- September 16: Major fire broke out at RK Studios in Chembur. Film memorabilia destroyed, Stage 1 of the studio gutted
- August 31: A century-old dilapidated building collapsed off Pakmodia Street in the densely-populated Bhendi Bazaar area of south Mumbai; 33 killed and 17 hurt. The building was due for redevelopment undertaken by a private NGO in the vicinity. Narrow lanes leading up to the building hindered rescue operations and restricted the movement of ambulances
- August 29: Mumbai received second-highest rainfall in a single day after the great floods of July 26, 2005; 12 dead, including well-known doctor Deepak Amarapurkar who fell into an open manhole. His body was recovered near a sewer opening in Worli
- August 5: High tide in city; three students of the Unal Mill High School, Mahim washed away into the Arabian Sea at Dadar Chowpatty beach
- July 20: Former DD News anchor, Kanchan Nath died after a coconut tree fell on her. Avinash Pol in whose compound the tree stood said he had warned the BMC five months before the incident that the tree had weakened. While BMC said tree collapsed due to winds, the report by Dapoli agricultural university in Ratnagiri District confirmed the tree had weakened due to termite attack and had been hollowed out
- June 24: Tree fall during heavy rain at Fashion Street; 2 killed. Azad Maidan police registered a case of accidental death, but BMC said the tree was weak and was proposed to be cut for widening of Bombay Hospital Road
- April 19: Gulmohar tree falls from an adjacent tree killed a 35-year-old man walking past in Dadar. BMC said the tree belonged to a private society and needed urgent maintenance and trimming
- January 23: Fire at a slum pocket in the LCC Compound, adjacent to the Masjid Bunder station. Central Railway operations halted for almost an hour as power supply was switched off to prevent the spread of the blaze or damage to railway assets