Dombivli came out in large numbers on Friday to pay tribute to their three residents–all GT hospital nurses–who died on Thursday in the collapse of the bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). The final rites were performed at the Shivamandir cemetery on the three women–Bhakti Shinde, 40, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and 35-year-old Apoorva Prabhu. (Mumbai Bridge)
Om Sai Datta residents on the Din Dayal crossroad, where Bhakti Shinde lived, still face the loss. “While her husband was looking for her at the hospital, her 12-year-old son, Omkar, was with me, clueless about her death until 9.30pm. He spoke to his mother just a few minutes before she reached the bridge, “said neighbor Seema Shinde, 60.
Rajendra, the husband of Bhakti, who works in a private company as a salesman, was inconsolable. “Bhakti was just recovering from back surgery. She loved her job and frequently shared with me her experiences. One day before the incident, I remember talking to her, “Seema Shinde said. “She’s been very helpful. She had previously worked in Shastrinagar hospital in Dombivli, “another neighbor, Pramila Sangoi, 38, said.
The neighbors of Apoorva Prabhu remembered her as a polite woman who was holding to herself. Her Udayraj apartment neighbor at Bedekar lane said, “For the past 16 years, the family has been living here. We’ve never heard a complaint about them. Apoorva was dedicated to her work, paying close attention to the studies of her children.
Apoorva won the best nurse award from the state government on January 26. At the Siddhi Shivsagar complex, Ganesh Nagar, Dombivli (West), Ranjana Tambe lived with her mother. “She traveled to CSMT every day despite being physically challenged. She loved caring for people. Four years ago, her older sister passed away in a road accident, “a relative said.