Three labourers were buried alive and nine wounded when an under-construction play school building collapsed in Greater Faridabad on Tuesday. The incident happened at 12.45pm in SRS Residency apartments in Sector 88.
Eyewitnesses said the collapse caused earthquake-like tremors. “I ran for safety when I felt the earth shaking,” said Dharamvir Singh, a security guard of the residential society.
The victims have been identified as Beeru and Gopal from Bihar Sharif in Bihar. The identity of the third victim is still to be ascertained.
Nearly 200 policemen came for the rescue operations. Only after their arrival did the rescue work begin. Most of the residents were asked to vacate their flats till the rescue work was over. “My family has been out in the cold since the afternoon,” said Shokinder, one of the residents of SRS Residency, said.
A rescue team from National Disaster Rescue Force was also called from Ghaziabad. “We are concentrating on the rescue work. After that, we will investigate incident and fix responsibility,” said Balraj Singh, deputy commissioner.
SRS spokesperson Sanjeev Grover told HT that the school site had been leased out to a woman from Delhi for 99 years.
But Sanjiv Maan of the District Town and Country Planning Board, Faridabad, said, “We have no information what SRS did to this school site. We should have been informed.”
“We have been crying ourselves hoarse for years that builders were dictating terms to both the government and investors. They have been violating their own agreements, and providing us poorly constructed apartments,” said Ajay Yadav, spokesman of Greater Faridabad Welfare Association, an organisation looking after welfare and concerns of the investors in Greater Faridabad.
Case filed in Monday mishap
new delhi: Police have registered case of negligence against owner of the stone crushing unit after four labourers died due to a wall collapse in Faridabad late on Monday evening. “We have registered a case of negligence against the owner and contractor of the crusher,” said the SHO of Sector 55 police post Devinder Singh. htc