Two vegetable vendors had a lucky escape when the side wall and roof a house, where both were standing, collapsed crushing them under the debris. The incident occurred in the Itwari area at about 11 am on Friday. They received some injuries.
According to reports, the victims Pankaj Pandit and Sikender Pandit, and one of their colleagues, Manoj Pandit, are in business of potatoes and onions. All the three, with their thelas, were standing very close to the dilapidated house. The house belonged to Shankrrao Ghanote in the Sabji Mandi, near Nikalas Mandir, Itwari. However, Ghanote had disposed of the ancestral house and was purchased by Vyankatesh Builders. The house, constructed with the mixture of soil, mud and lime, has been vacant for past 10 years. Several vegetable vendors carry out their businesses near the house.
The victims, Pankaj Pandit and Sikender Pandit, and one of their colleagues, Manoj Pandit, were as usual standing very near to the house. Suddenly, the side wall and roof of the house collapsed crushing Pankaj Pandit and Sikender Pandit under its debris. Manoj Pandit immediately pulled himself away from the falling debris but Pankaj Pandit and Sikender Pandit got trapped. However, both were pulled out by the nearby people and were taken to Rahate Hospital before the arrival of police and Fire Brigade.
The nearby residents were demanding since long for demolition of the house but the NMC neglected the demand resulting in the collapse of the house. Had the house constructed with bricks also apart from the mixture of soil, mud and lime, the incident could have proved fatal.
Now, the NMC has started demolishing the remaining house with JCB machines.