An inquiry committee looking into the building collapse in Lalita Park in east Delhi on November 15, 2010, has blamed several departments of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for the tragedy.
The Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Justice Lokeshwar Prasad, said the departments of building, property tax and factories licensing "miserably failed in discharging its statutory duty on their own, independently much so-less in co-ordination with each other" and the "responsibility squarely lies on MCD".
The commission also indicted chief engineers, superintending engineers and executive engineers "who failed to keep required and timely checks on the activities of their subordinates when the building was being raised".
"The commission is at a loss to understand why the MCD authorities have not taken any action against any of those senior level functionaries," the report said.
It, however, fixed individual responsibility on five MCD officers who have also been named in the civic body's vigilance department report - assistant engineer Rakesh Kumar, junior engineer CB Singh, inspector Ram Dass, house tax department official RK Bansal and inspector Vimal Kumar. While four of these officials have already been suspended, Vimal Kumar is reportedly dead.
While more than 100 people were injured, 71 were killed when a five-storey illegally constructed building collapsed on the fateful day. Amrit Singh, the owner of the building, is in jail.
The commission said, "Even if one department (of MCD) was vigilant enough in doing its duty and passing on the information to other departments, that unfortunate building would not have been constructed."
The commission also blamed the DDA for not co-operating with it by giving required details and reports and concluded that its responsibility is no less than that of the MCD for the collapse.