More than 14,000 buildings in Mumbai are over 50 years old, and at risk due to age-related wear-and-tear and poor maintenance. Mumbai’s fire brigade, the first rescue responders, receive one structural collapse call nearly every day, or 300 every year on average.
The city’s vertical growth with high rise buildings to accommodate its growing population has not been accompanied with proper and adequate safety measures.
“When you & I go to buy a flat we first look at budget, then at amenities like parking, gym, swimming pool. But people don’t bother whether this building is safe,” says MV Deshmukh, Fmr fire adviser to Maharashtra govt. For many in Mumbai, house is unaffordable but life is cheap.