Hours after an illegal building collapsed in north east Delhi burying seven people and injuring 15, the administration came down with a heavy hand on the builder-MCD nexus that has allowed innumerable unsafe buildings to put the lives of Delhiites at constant risk.
MCD deputy commissioner for Shahdara (North) and three engineers responsible for checking unauthorised constructions in the area were suspended.
The Lieutenant-Governor ordered a magisterial inquiry, and the Delhi government asked its revenue department to investigate.
The multi-storey building being built illegally in Brahmpuri, Seelampur, came crashing down around 7.15 am on Saturday.
Most of the dead were labourers, police said. Two of the dead were children sleeping in an adjoining house which also crumbled from the impact. Rescuers were rummaging in rubble till late evening looking for trapped or dead victims.
Upon receiving complaints, MCD had demolished some portions of the building two months ago, but had not bothered to check if the building was safe or whether it needed repairs.
The owner, Deepak Garg, and his construction contractor, Aslam, were on Saturday booked for causing death due to negligence, Additional DCP (northeast) Rajeev Ranjan said.
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit visited the injured and announced compensation for the victims’ families.