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MCD orders evacuation

Serves notices to 38 buildings to send away occupants at the earliest.

delhi Updated: Nov 18, 2010 00:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Two days after a building collapse in East Delhi's Lalita Park claimed 67 lives, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has served notices to 38 "rickety" buildings to evacuate occupants at the earliest.

A number of these buildings will be demolished by the civic agency if found structurally unsafe.

"Notices have been issued to vacate these houses immediately for the safety of residents. The basements of 38 buildings were found submerged in Yamuna floodwaters for a long time now. MCD's technical teams assessed that the water must have seeped into the foundation of the buildings, thereby posing danger to the structures," said Deep Mathur, director press and information, MCD.

According to the civic agency, owners and residents of these buildings have been served notices to vacate buildings at the earliest. Failing to do so, the premises will be sealed by the MCD. The civic body had pasted notices to vacate on the walls of such buildings on Wednesday.

"We have asked them to vacate the buildings and will start taking action on them from Thursday," said RS Meena, deputy commissioner of Shahdara (south) zone.

The civic body has constituted a team of three chief engineers and one superintending engineer to technically examine the building next to the structure that collapsed two days back (N-85), besides another building in the area owned by the same builder.

"Both the buildings have been evacuated by the MCD. The team is expected to submit its report by tomorrow," he added.

Senior Delhi government officials said they are making housing arrangements for the injured children and women at their own shelter homes.

"Several children and women have lost their kin and have nowhere to go. Once they are discharged from the hospital after treatment, we will send the children to the Children Home at Lajpat Nagar, and the women to Nirmal Chhaya, Hari Nagar Women Shelter Home," said Kiran Walia, Delhi health minister.

For the weaker sections of the society affected by the notices, the divisional commissioner of Delhi government will organise relief arrangements.

First Published: Nov 18, 2010 00:17 IST