City’s Chansoria couple die in Mumbai’s hoarding collapse
   Date :17-May-2024

Chansoria couple die  
Staff Reporter
The Chansoria couple from Jabalpur lost their lives in the unfortunate storm that hit Ghatkopar area of Mumbai a few days ago. The couple, Manoj Chansoria (60) who was retired General Manager, Air Traffic Control (ATC) and his wife, Anita (59), were waiting to fill fuel in their car at the very petrol pump on which the hoarding collapsed. Following the strong storm, the billboard fell on the car and both of them died on the spot. It may be mentioned that late Manoj Chansoria was the son of late Dr KP Chansoria who used to serve at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, brother-in-law of Jabalpur-based senior consultant, Dr. Parimal Swamy and maternal uncle of Bollywood actor Kartik Aryan. After retirement, the deceased couple were about to settle down in Jabalpur but the fate had planned something else for them. The family members kept tracing about their whereabouts for more than 55 hours after the incident.
According to the information, rescue operation was going on for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday (May 16) in the billboard collapse incident in Ghatkopar, Mumbai. After hearing the news of storm and accident, the couple’s only son presently based in US kept trying to know about the whereabouts of his parents. Disappointed to receive no response from his parents, he contacted his friend at Mumbai who registered a missing complaint at the local police station. Later police came into action and found their last location at the petrol pump where the accident took place. When the rescue team went ahead with their search, they pulled out two more bodies from the debris late on Tuesday night. These bodies belong to retired General Manager, Air Traffic Control (ATC), Manoj Chansoria and his wife Anita.
Manoj had retired from the post of General Manager of Mumbai ATC in March 2024 itself. He planned to shift in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, but had gone to Mumbai in his car for his wife Anita’s visa work. On May 13, the couple went to Ghatkopar petrol pump to fill petrol when the storm hit the area. Due to strong winds and storm, the billboard weighing 250 tonnes fell on the petrol station. The team was unable to identify the bodies on Tuesday night. Later, on Wednesday, the team pulled out both the bodies by cutting the iron rods only after which, identification was established.