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Disaster waiting to happen: One injured in east Delhi building collapse

Fire officials suspect incessant rains over the weekend might have triggered the collapse.

delhi Updated: Jul 08, 2017 10:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Debris of the collapsed building are being cleared in East Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar. (Sushil/HT Photo )

A four-storey building collapsed in east Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar area on Sunday morning, injuring at least five people.

Police said that the building that collapsed was located at G Block near a Metro pillar and there were no casualties in the incident. The injured had been shifted to a hospital for treatment.

The owner of the building Mohan Sharma later told HT that the structure was around 25 years old. He said that he lived with his family in the building, which also houses six offices and some shops.

Rohit (who goes by just one name), a local resident who lives in a nearby building and had a close shave, said, “Around 2am, I heard loud sounds that sounded like the cracking of glasses. I rushed out to see what was happening. In six to seven seconds, the whole building collapsed.”

“This building was more than 25-years-old and was in a dilapidated condition. The neighbours had even complained to the east corporation a few months ago warning that it might collapse due to lack of maintenance. But no action was taken,” he said.

People living in the neighbourhood said that the damage would have been more if the incident had happened during the day or on weekdays as the building was located on the main road in Vikas Marg.

Shubham Verma, a neighbour said, “There were no causalities as all the shops were closed and not more than six to seven people were inside the building.”

A resident of the ill-fated building, Balkar singh, sustained minor injuries. ( Sushil/HT Photo )

One of the injured Balkar Singh’s arm was fractured, while the others sustained minor injuries. All other residents escaped unhurt.

Fire officials said that the building might have collapsed because of the continuous downpour over the weekend causing seepage in the basement.

Fire officials said eight police teams, five fire tenders, an excavator and an emergency response team were sent to the spot after they received a call about the building collapse at around 1.34am.

Subham Aggarwal, a shopkeeper in the area said, “When I came to open my shop, I saw that the building had collapsed. It was a dangerous sight. There are several other dilapidated buildings in the area which too might collapse if authorities do not force the owners to carry out their maintenance.”

Owner of the collapsed building, Mohan Sharma, too believed that that seepage in the basement due to rain could be the possible reason for the collapse.

The East Corporation has started the process of clearing the debris. “We are in the process of cleaning up the debris. We have accounted for all the residents. We do not suspect any casualties,” said a police officer.

The district magistrate of east, along with the SDM, senior police officers and deputy fire chief visited the spot and were overseeing the rescue operations.

Cars damaged after iron rods fall on it

A bunch of iron rods, put up for the construction of a government school in southeast Delhi, came down on Saturday after heavy rains, injuring one person and damaging four cars parked in the vicinity.

According to police, the iron frame had been put on Saturday but the construction had to be stopped midway after the rain started.

“The rods fell on four cars that were parked under the building. They were damaged. One person who was passing by also sustained minor injuries. No casualty was reported in the incident,” a senior police officer said.

The police beat staff was informed about the incident by one of the car owners. “We received a complaint and we are conducting an inquiry into it,” a police officer said. No case has been registered in the matter.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 12:25 IST