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Added on : 2024-05-14 08:59:50

The death count has risen to 14 and over 70 sustained injuries after a 100-foot tall billboard fell on a petrol pump in Mumbai's Ghatkopar area while an under-construction metal tower collapsed on a road amid gusty winds in Wadala on Monday evening.

As many as 88 people have been rescued do far and at least 31 of them have been discharged from the hospital. According to civic officials, the billboard was illegal which got uprooted and fell on a petrol pump at the Cheddanagar Junction in Ghatkopar amid gusty wind and rain. 

Taking cognizance of the incident, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde termed it 'unfortunate' and directed the concerned authorities to audit all such hoardings in Mumbai. He also announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the victims' next of kin. CM Shinde also said that the government will bear all expenses for the treatment of those injured. "It is a very unfortunate incident. The government will probe it, and the people responsible will face action. I have also asked the BMC commissioner to conduct a structural audit of all the hoardings in the city. Those found illegal and dangerous will be removed," the CM told the media. 

Editor & Publisher : Dr Dhimant Purohit


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