Mumbai Rains: 100 Feared Trapped Under Huge Hoarding That Fell On BPCL Petrol Pump In Ghatkopar; Dozens Admitted To Rajawadi Hospital (VIDEO)

Mumbai Rains: 100 Feared Trapped Under Huge Hoarding That Fell On BPCL Petrol Pump In Ghatkopar; Dozens Admitted To Rajawadi Hospital (VIDEO)

The collapse of the hoarding has resulted into many individuals being trapped, prompting an ongoing search and rescue operation.

Oliviya KunjumonUpdated: Monday, May 13, 2024, 08:41 PM IST
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Huge Hoarding Falls On BPCL Petrol Pump In Ghatkopar |

Mumbai: Amid rains and dust storm on Monday evening, in a devastating turns of events, a huge hoarding fell on BPCL Petrol Pump situated opposite the Adani Project in Pantnagar, Ghatkopar, Mumbai, leaving a trail of destruction and casualties in its wake.

According to initial reports, around 10-15 patients were admitted to Rajawadi hospital. Reports later suggested there were dozens more that required medical attention.

As per Mumbai Police's tweet at 6:46 pm, the incident has injured 37 people while 5-60 people are still trapped under the rubble. "Today, on 13/05/2024, around 16:30, a sudden storm and heavy rain led to a devastating incident. A metal girder from a billboard, sized 70/50 meters, collapsed at Railway Petrol Pump, Samta Colony, Ghatkopar (E), injuring 37 people. Approximately 50-60 individuals are still believed to be trapped. Our officials, alongside the Fire Brigade, @mybmc, and Mahanagar Gas Ltd, are on-site conducting a search and rescue operation."

100 trapped under the illegal hoarding: BMC

However, Mumbai's civic body BMC, around 100 people were said to be trapped under the hoarding. The collapsed hoarding In Chedda Nagar, Ghatkopar was Illegal.

The hoarding was placed on Railway land and was informed to the Railways about its legality concerns. The permissible size for hoarding is 40×40, size of this particular hoarding was 120 × 120. A case will be filed against Central Railway & the ad agency responsible for erecting the hoarding.

The incident occurred around 04:30 PM today, according to the Mumbai Fire Brigade, at the Police Ground Petrol Pump situated on the Eastern Express Highway, Ghatkopar East.

The collapse of the hoarding has resulted into many individuals being trapped, prompting an ongoing search and rescue operation. Multiple agencies including MFB, Police and 108 Ambulance services have reached the spot and started the rescue operation.

At 16:49 hours, Rajawadi Hospital confirmed seven injuries resulting from the incident. The BPCL petrol pump has been given to the Railway Police and it is the only petrol pump between Sion and Thane.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has earlier issued a yellow alert for May 13, cautioning about heavy rains, thunderstorms, and dry gusty winds in specific areas of the city, particularly in Thane and Raigad districts. This recent incident of the massive hoarding collapsing onto the BPCL petrol pump due to strong winds highlights about the previous event that occurred several years ago.

In the past, the Government Railway Police Colony (GRP) made way for these hoardings, despite objections from the Maharashtra Police Housing Corporation. The GRP staff quarters were demolished to build the BPCL petrol pump. The GRP colony stands on MHADA land, and the hoardings were illegally erected. The petrol pump is operated by a private individual and is on GRP land leased by MHADA.

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