Shahnawaz Kapde, a resident of Dongri area, said had the JCBs been able to reach the accident site, the number of casualties could have been contained.
He hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Two large teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are at the site, looking for survivors. It was not in the list of unsafe buildings.
The cause of the collapse is not yet clear, officials say.
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Ten ambulances and fire trucks arrived for the rescue but the lanes were narrow for them to enter.
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An eyewitness said the building collapse felt like a quake. "We request citizens to please cooperate and stay away from the spot to facilitate rescue operations". Search rescue operations continue.
Several media reports claimed that most of the buildings in that area are in dilapidated condition and since the lanes are too narrow, persons involved in rescue and relief operations are finding it hard to reach the spot.
-A woman, two men and a child have been rescued so far from Dongri.
-All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Waris Pathan said the building was a death trap, with authorities saying they had no money to rebuild the structure.
Maharashtra state's top elected official, Devendra Fadanavis, told reporters that 15 families were living there. The building is around 100 years old.
11 families trapped inside the debris, according to early reports. "Investigation will be done", he said.
Officials said rescuers had a tough time manoeuvring a fire tender through the narrow approach to the crash site. Rescue workers and NDRF teams have been rushed to the spot. "Shockingly, Kesarbai Building's name is not mentioned anywhere in the list", he said.