Four people were killed and one injured when parts of an under-construction building collapsed in Hari Nagar in west Delhi on Friday evening.
According to police, the incident took place at about 7.15pm.
The incident was reported from an under-construction site where the labourers were digging a basement. The construction was on in full force and the labourers were buried under the debris in the basement after a portion of the building collapsed.
According to local residents, the police and fire department personnel reached the spot at about 7.45 pm and initiated rescue work. Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
The police confirmed the death of four labourers of the five who were dug out from the debris by rescue workers. All of them were rushed to hospital where four were declared dead on arrival. The fifth is undergoing treatment.
According to officials, the building plans of the building were approved by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation in June.
The police arrested the owner of the plot who was supervising the construction work and registered a case of negligence against him.
Many cases of building collapse have been reported in the city recently. Three days ago, a 51-year-old man was killed and his wife injured when a partially demolished “illegal” building collapsed in Okhla area in south Delhi.
On June 28, 10 people, including five children, were killed after a 50-year-old apartment block with 14 occupants collapsed in a congested locality in Tulsi Nagar area of Inderlok.
Political parties and experts have blamed lax implementation of building laws for the repeated accidents.