Residents said they had been in the middle of a redevelopment-related dispute. “There has been pressure to vacate the building for redevelopment for many months. There was opposition from residents. In hindsight, it would have been better if people had moved out. This loss wouldn’t have happened,” said a resident, Vijeta Narvekar.
Civic officials said there was no option but to pull down the structure. “The building has weakened and it needs to be razed,” said divisional fire office Prabat Rahangdale.
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