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Probe ordered into hotel collapse in Srinagar

india Updated: Aug 22, 2009 21:23 IST

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The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Saturday ordered a probe into the collapse of a 100-year-old hotel in Lal Chowk area of the city.

"The dilapidated five-storey building was reportedly a disputed site between two parties and the SMC will enquire into the reasons which led to the collapse yesterday," a spokesman of the SMC said on Saturday.

He said the Joint Commissioner (Planning) of the corporation will conduct the inquiry.

One person was injured in the incident.

Housing and Urban Development minister Nasir Aslam Wani on Saturday visited the accident site and inspected other old buildings of the area, which have developed cracks.

The officers of the SMC have been asked to submit list of such buildings so that they are immediately dismantled.

The SMC will be taking appropriate measures to ensure that owners of such buildings immediately approach it and get their buildings dismantled.

In case they fail to do so, SMC has powers and provisions under law to have these buildings removed and impose penalty under law, the spokesman said.