India, Aug. 25 -- Around 15,000 people reside in the 1,876 illegal structures that have cropped up in Bhiwandi since 2010. While the Bhiwandi civic body has failed to set up a stringent complaint mechanism despite a 2017 court order, activists said such illegal buildings are built within months, using sub-standard materials, to cater to the large number of people who come to the city in search of work and look for cheap housing.

On Saturday, the fourth floor of one such illegal building in Piranipada, Shantinagar, collapsed, killing two people and injuring five others. This is the second case of an illegal building collapsing in Bhiwandi this year; a nine-year-old girl had died on June 26, when part of the roof of an unauthorised ground-...