While the rescue operation in the Jalandhar building collapse, which began on April 16 morning, reached its near completion, relatives of one of the migrants, feared trapped under the debris, are still waiting for his body.
Twenty three bodies have already been recovered from the site and search operations are nearing completion.
A rescue team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is still on the job, but there is no hope of life under the debris. However, foul smell eminating from the debris has left the team with the hope of atleast recovering the mortal remains of some more trapped workers.
“We have searched almost 85% of the debris but after recovery of two dead bodies yesterday, today nothing was found but yes foul smell is coming out of the remaining debris and operation is on to comb the area in search of any dead body buried under the debris (sic)”, Commandant of NDRF, RK Verma told Hindustan Times.
“All efforts will be made by NDRF team to recover even the last dead body, which may have buried under the debris and it seems by tomorrow morning entire search operation will be completed (sic)”, Verma said.
Meanwhile, an Army contingent left the site and the entire rescue operation has now been assigned to the NDRF.
When contacted, deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti confirmed that the army contingent left the site as there was not much work of combing left, and one team of NDRF was enough to complete the rescue operation.
After a complete search of the debris is over, a clearance certificate would be obtained by the district administration before leaving the site. The remaining debris would be cleared by local civic authorities.
Volunteers of Dera Sacha Sauda, which played a significant role in the rescue operation, on Monday left the spot. Senior administration and police officials were not seen at the site, only middle-rank officials were coordinating the rescue operation.
Health officials were spraying chemicals at the site inorder to avoid the spread of an epidemic in the area.
Although the rescue operation is nearing completion, for Heer Chand, still waiting to know the status of his brother-in-law Radhey Mohan, who is feared trapped under the debris, there is no end. He was seen at the spot with eagerly awaiting any information from the NDRF team, hoping that his relative's body would be recovered.
Total compensation of Rs. 3,04,200 was distributed to 42 workers who were injured due to the collapse of the factory, owned by industrialist Shital Vit in Industrial focal Point.
The four injured, who had to undergo amputation were given Rs. 43,500 each, two more were given Rs. 9,300 each, while the rest were given Rs. 3,100 each.