After heavy rainfall in Mumbai, a road caved in at Sangharsh Nagar in Chandivali on Monday night. This happened after a BMC team evacuated about 1,000 residents of two Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) buildings in Chandivli when cracks appeared in an internal road of the settlement.
According to Mid-Day, nobody was injured in the incident. The settlement, which includes 38 buildings, accommodates people who were rehabilitated by the Forest Department more than 10 years ago from the slums in Kandivali, Malad, and Goregaon. Manish Valaniu, the assistant municipal commissioner of L ward, told the leading daily, "Around 11 pm on Monday, huge cracks appeared on the road. We evacuated the residents of buildings 9 and 10 as well as those working in the nearby shops. They spent the night in the neighbouring buildings. We need to conduct a survey of the area for signs of damage before allowing the residents to move back. Until then, they will be staying at Sangharsh Nagar Municipal School."
The blame game began after the road cave in, as Valaniu said the road that caved in was constructed by the SRA. On the other hand, SRA officials told the leading daily that a team visited the site in the morning and found that apart from the road a portion of the adjoining plot, which belongs to Shahpoorji Pallonji developers, had also caved in. The Shahpoorji Pallonji developer has said that the heavy rainfall and flooding on the adjoining road resulted in heavy thrust on the boundary wall (adjacent to the plot) leading to the landslide.