A four-member team of the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee on Saturday, carried out an extensive study at the building collapse site in Lalita Park that claimed 70 lives on Monday.
The team collected samples of debris, iron rods and even soil from the spot as part of the investigation. Accompanied by senior officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the CBRI team also visited another building owned by Amritpal Sachdeva that was vacated and sealed.
“The debris at the collapsed building were removed and the basement was thoroughly cleared off water on Friday, under the supervision of the experts. Much to our relief, no more bodies were recovered from the basement as anticipated,” said Deep Mathur, MCD’s director (press & information).
“CBRI experts are examining the matter and going into various technical aspects. The team said it needed a few more days to study the structural aspects of the collapsed, sealed and vacated building besides 36 other sealed buildings in Lalita Park,” he said.
The team will continue to study the matter for a few more days and submit the report to the MCD.
Once the CBRI experts submit the report, the MCD will take further action, Mathur said.
A seven-storeyed building constructed in an unauthorised manner using spurious material collapsed after the structure gave away following flooding in the basement.
As many as 70 persons, mostly migrant labourers, were killed while over 80 others were injured in the incident that jolted the civic body into action and also prompted a blame game within various agencies.