Contractor booked for negligence as Zirakpur building collapses
Police say initial probe points to substandard material being used for construction that led to the mishap
After three labourers were injured as a portion of a commercial building being constructed in violation of norms collapsed at Peer Muchalla in Zirakpur on Friday night, police on Saturday booked the contractor.
The contractor has been identified as Rahul Kumar, who is from Kakrali in Dera Bassi but was presently staying in Dhakoli.
The building is owned by Makhan Lal Bansal, a tyre dealer who has a shop in Sector 28, Chandigarh, and is a resident of Sector 7, Panchkula.
He had given the contract to construct a showroom building opposite V5 Restaurant to Rahul Kumar.
The mishap took place when labourers hired by Rahul were laying roof lanter on the second floor. Around 7:30pm, the lanter started collapsing, because of which the lanter on the first floor also came crashing down, leaving three injured.
“Initial investigations revealed that the construction material being used was substandard,” said the SHO.
Police said the contractor failed to provide adequate support to the shuttering system being used for laying the lanter, which led to the collapse.
According to municipal officials, the owner had taken permission for constructing only one floor and the second floor was being constructed against norms.
“Prime facie, the contractor is responsible for the collapse. But we are investigating the matter. If any other violation comes to the fore, we will book others as well,” said Sumit More, station house officer, Dhakoli.
A case under Sections 268 (public nuisance), 288 (negligent conduct with respect to pulling down or repairing buildings) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered.
MC to nail erring officials
Meanwhile, the Zirakpur municipal council is planning to take action against the employees who failed to check the unauthorised construction.
“I will call all the employees to my office on Monday to seek an explanation and fix the accountability,” said MC executive officer SS Sidhu. “Action will be taken if anyone is found guilty of not checking the unauthorised construction,” he said.
On action being taken against builders carrying out unauthorised construction in Zirakpur, Sidhu said the municipal council has issued 90 notices in the past two weeks. “The builders have been given 15 days to take permission or face action,” he said, adding that 25 illegal structures have been demolished in Zirakpur in the last two months.
Even after an under-construction building residential building collapsed at Peer Muchalla in April last year, the MC had assured to check unauthorised constructions. However, it has been found lacking in implementation, not doing much beyond issued notices.