Two workers were killed and 12 others injured when a two-storeyed under-construction building of the Film Nagar Cultural Club collapsed in upmarket Jubilee Hills of Hyderabad on Sunday afternoon.
The Film Nagar Cultural Club, promoted by the Telugu film industry, had recently taken up the extension of its existing building.
A rescue team from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation immediately plunged into action and rescued 14 construction workers trapped under the debris and rushed them to the nearby Apollo Hospitals.
Two of the injured – Ansar Shaik (30) from Kolkata and Anand (24) from Hyderabad – succumbed to their injuries while the others were undergoing treatment. The condition of some of them is said to be critical.
Rescue operations were still on as some more workers are believed to be trapped under the debris.
Hyderabad Mayor B Rammohan, who rushed to the site along with his officials, said the construction was illegal and action would be taken against the builders after an inquiry.
“According to our information, there was no permission for the construction of the building; so, it is an illegal construction. We will conduct an inquiry and take appropriate action against the builders for taking up the construction without permissions,” he told reporters, announcing an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased.
GHMC assistant commissioner Sekhar Reddy said the part of the land where the construction was going on was under a legal dispute.
Hyderabad police commissioner M Mahender Reddy said prima facie, the accident appeared to be due to faulty design in structure and poor quality of construction material.
“We will lodge a case against the structural engineer and the builder under Section 304 of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), if it is found that the accident took place due to faulty design and poor construction,” he said.
According to the workers, the builder had taken up the construction of the second floor within a week, without waiting for the mandatory three-week period for the completion of the first floor.
“We were all working on the second floor, when the roof caved in. Apparently, the pillars on the first floor could not bear the weight of the second floor and they collapsed,” a worker on the spot said.
Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed shock over the death of the workers and ordered that the injured be given the best medical care.