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HT Correspondent
Jalandhar , April 17, 2012
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday announced a special safety audit in all industrial units and cities across the state by departments of industries and local government, respectively, to ascertain both latent and patent defects in buildings so as to avert building collapses in future.

Such audits would be a regular feature in future to ensure safety and worthiness of buildings, Badal told media persons after visiting the site of a factory building that collapsed in Focal Point area of Jalandhar on Sunday night killing 10 persons.

A total of 63 persons had been rescued so far, of which 50 were discharged from hospitals after treatment.

Badal categorically said that owner would be solely responsible for any act of negligence in case of collapse of a building and would not be spared in any case.

He said that all the guilty involved in Sunday's unfortunate incident would be punished and that the law of the land would take its own course.

The CM announced two more inquiries in addition to one already ordered by him through Jalandhar divisional commissioner to probe all possible factors and circumstances that led to the mishap.

Another inquiry would be held by a team of senior police officers led by SP Navjot Singh Mahal under the direct supervision of Jalandhar police commissioner Gaurav Yadav to look into the criminal aspect of the mishap. 

Likewise, a technical inquiry would be conducted jointly by the technical advisor to the Punjab Government, Lt Gen BS Dhaliwal (retd), head of civil engineering department of PEC University, Chandigarh, and PWD (B&R) engineer-in-chief RP Singh to look into technical flaws and shortcomings which led to the collapse of this building, he added.

The chief minister has sought final reports of all these inquiries within three weeks.