A five-story building collapsed last Tuesday morning in Mumbai killing at least 17 people. Fourteen people were rescued from the rubble, prior to the search being called off on Wednesday evening.
The building’s owner was detained by police on Tuesday, accused of endangering life and causing grievous harm. It appears that the accused had been carrying out illegal renovation in the building.
Infrastructure accidents are common in India, where critics say projects lack proper oversight and safety controls. At least 24 people were killed in May when a wall collapsed at a wedding. Two bridge collapses last year – one in Kolkata and another on a highway connecting Mumbai to Goa – each led to the deaths of more than a dozen people. One of the deadliest incidents occurred in 2013 when an illegal structure in Thane – not far from Mumbai – collapsed, killing more than 70.