Maharashtra Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray had a narrow escape as a huge chandelier crashed along with a false slab at the Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai on Friday evening.
The incident occurred when Thackeray, along with top officials, was busy conducting a series of meetings at the hall no 4 of the plush state guest house.
At around 5 pm on Thursday, there was a deafening sound as a massive chandelier set on a slab collapsed outside his meeting hall, sending alarms among the security personnel.
The crash sound triggered a minor panic with people running helter-skelter, but there were no casualties in the incident, the cause of which is not clear.
Soon afterwards, teams of the PWD department started a survey of the entire guest house to check and audit for any potential future threats there, and at other major venues.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Legislative Council Deputy Chairperson Neelam Gorhe has written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and has demended a probe into the incident. Terming the incident "extremely serious", Gorhe said action must be taken against contractors and concerned officers if it is found that they have done inferior quality of work at the guest house. She has also requested to do a structural audit and repair work of the same.
For the uninitiated, most ministers, including Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and others prefer to conduct their official meetings at the Sahyadri Guest House or some other government locations as many COVID-19 cases have been detected in the Mantralaya during the past 15 months.
(With IANS inputs)