As rescuers scramble to save those trapped in the rubble of the collapsed building, Delhi Government on Tuesday ordered MCD to carry out an emergency survey of all buildings in East Delhi and check their structural deficiencies to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
The Government also directed East Delhi Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) to conduct a detailed probe into the incident, including possible negligence on the part of concerned agencies and asked him to file his report within 10 days.
"The scale of the tragedy is unprecedented. I don't think such a tragedy has taken place in Delhi in the recent past," Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said, announcing an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each to next of the kin of those killed and Rs one lakh to those injured.
After a high-level meeting with top officials of various concerned agencies, Finance Minister A K Walia said MCD has been told to carry out an emergency survey to examine "structural stability" of all the buildings in the area.
The survey would be carried out within a radius of 300 metres from the Pushta road, where a building collapsed last night.
Lt Governor Tejindra Khanna, after visiting the site of the incident, said he has told MCD to take help from Central Building Research Institute in Roorkee to check the structural deficiencies in the buildings and complete the exercise within three-four months.
"After the survey, retrofitting of weak buildings can be carried out. Those buildings which cannot be retrofitted will have to be sealed or demolished," he said, noting that he had raised the issue of weak buildings in the area several times in meetings with concerned agencies.
Khanna said the colonies in the locality are built on the Yamuna River flood plain and the recent floods may have led to seepage that damaged the foundation of the building.
Holding MCD responsible for the incident, Dikshit said the builder should not have been allowed to construct floors beyond permissible level and the quality of the building should also have been examined.
Dikshit, promising stringent punishment against those found guilty by the probe panel, also blamed the builder for the tragedy, saying the offence amounts to "murder".
"The building was to be a three storey one but they built a five-storeyed one. The foundation was so weak that it collapsed," she said.
After receiving the detailed report, Dikshit said, responsibility would be fixed and stringent action would be taken against the guilty persons.
Dikshit said Rs two lakh ex-gratia will be given to families which have lost an adult member, Rs one lakh will be given in case of death of a child. Rs one lakh will be given to each of those injured in the incident.