On Monday morning, hundreds of police personnel and civic officials converged in east Delhi to evacuate a commercial building and sealed it.
The four-storey structure had a visible tilt making it dangerous to nearby constructions.
A resident had complained that the leaning building had led to cracks in his house, which is situated behind the commercial complex. The tilted structure is located barely a kilometre away from Lalita Park where a seven-storey building collapsed two weeks ago killing 70 people.
Balwant Singh, who owns the house behind the building, said it started leaning on his house that led to the cracks. “There was a big crack that had formed some months ago. I got it repaired but again problems have started,” he said.
Although the Municipal Corporation of Delhi said there appeared no imminent danger to the building, on Monday evening, the civic agency evacuated it. BB Tyagi, chairman of the City Zone Ward Committee, said he had visited the area and found the building unsafe.
“The building has been evacuated and will be under scrutiny for a week. After the week is over, it will be decided whether the building is to be demolished or strengthened,” Tyagi said.
The Delhi Police provided MCD with adequate security to carry out the sealing procedure.
According to the local residents, the building came up 17 years ago, and has been a hazard for about a decade now.
Amit Sadh, an employee with a nearby electronics shop, said: “We have time and again complained to the MCD about the structure, as it began tilting quite some time ago. Still the (building) owner constructed more rooms.”
Both building — the leaning structure and the one that developed cracks — are located at an unauthorised regularised colony. The area has several buildings that are constructed without following building by-laws. A number of buildings in the area have begun leaning, or developed cracks, in the past few days.
The civic agency has started demolishing a number of them while retrofitting will be carried out in others.