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Two more houses collapse, 6 hurt

india Updated: Sep 07, 2006 13:38 IST
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A DAY after a building collapsed in Kotra Sultanabad, two more houses collapsed in different parts of the State capital on Wednesday.

A house collapsed in Congress Nagar near Tila Jamalpura, while the roof of a shanty gave way in Bairagarh causing injuries to six family members.

At Tila Jamalpura, the wall of an old dilapidated structure fell on the house of Saeeda causing injuries to Haseen Khan, Mumtaz Bi and Sartaj. The household goods were buried under the debris.

No one was seriously injured though. The house whose wall fell was on the list of houses that have been declared as dangerous and face the risk of collapsing. Owner Asma Bi said that she did not have the resources to pull down the structure and construct the house again. Both the houses are situated on the nullah and were damaged as a result.

The BMC officials reached the spot. Mayor Sunil Sood also visited the area and inquired about the condition of the injured persons. The other incident was reported from Bairagarh where cement sheets of a shanty in Sanjay Nagar slums
near One Tree Hills fell down causing injuries to the family of Vinod Bansal.
 
The incident occurred when the family members were asleep. Bansal said that the entire family was stuck under the cement sheets. Those injured included his wife Laxmi and children, Sumit, Raj, Soni and Chandni. The police and the BMC squad rushed to the spot and rescued the trapped family members. The injured were admitted to the hospital. The condition of all the injured was reported to be stable.

The old and dilapidated houses are giving way due to  heavy rains in the State capital, officials said. Earlier, on Tuesday a house had collapsed in Kotra Sultanabad.

Kotra EWS houses declared dangerous
THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation declared 96 EWS flats adjoining the apartment that collapsed at Kotra Sultanabad yesterday as dangerous for living. Besides, the BMC also declared another 36 EWS houses in the same complex, a part of which collapsed on Tuesday, as dangerous. The BMC would also serve a notice in this regard to the Madhya Pradesh Housing Board (MPHB).

On Tuesday, a dozen flats of an MPHB apartment collapsed at Kotra Sultanabad. Two persons were injured in the incident. A major tragedy was averted because most of the families were out of their homes when the building came down crashing.

Following the incident, the BMC examined the other flats in the adjoining complexes and declared them dangerous for living. The collapsed apartment was constructed in 1976.

Meanwhile, Housing and Environment Minister Jayant Malaiya, who visited the site, assured the residents about all possible help from the State Government. The minister also provided immediate help of Rs 28,000 to the affected families.

The amount was given to the families who were tenants in some of the cases. Besides, the district administration also provided financial assistance of Rs 22,000 each to the affected families. Urban Administration Principal Secretary P D Meena, MPHB commissioner R K Swai, local corporator Anil Agrawal and BMC officials were also president.

MPHB to provide free houses
MADHYA PRADESH Housing Board (MPHB) will provide houses free of cost at any alternate location to owners of 12 EWS flats at Kotra Sultanabad, that collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.

MPHB Board of Directors decided in an emergency meeting today that these EWS flat owners will be given houses at Bagh Mughalia or Ayodhya Bypass.

It was also decided the Chief Technical Examiner of the State Government will conduct an inquiry into the matter. MPHB will forward a proposal in this regard to the State Government.

MPHB chairman Subroto Banerjee chaired the meeting and MPHB commissioner  R K Swai and other board members were also present.

The Board of Directors decided, besides a compensation of Rs 28,000, seriously injured persons would be given Rs 10,000. Besides, an amount of Rs 5,000 will be given to another injured person.

Technical examination of other flats in the same complex at Kotra Sultanabad will also be carried out. After examination, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) will declare their status. MPHB also clarified it has only marketed flats in the collapsed apartment, which was constructed by Central Building Research Institute (CBRI).

Meanwhile, Minister for Housing and Environment Jayant Malaiya distributed cheques of financial assistance of Rs 28,000 each to the affected families at Kotra Sultanabad. The Minister also inspected the site and issued directives to MPHB officials.

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