Lucknow: Portion of building in Ganj collapses, close shave for people

A portion of the 80-year-old three-storey Narang building in posh Hazratganj area collapsed late on Monday evening. Though no casualties or injuries were reported in the incident, around six motorcycles parked outside the building were damaged after being trapped in the debris.

lucknow Updated: Aug 21, 2018 11:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The building, which houses seven shops, was in a dilapidated condition and the LMC had on August 4 issued a notice to its owner VP Narang to evacuate it. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

A portion of the 80-year-old three-storey Narang building in posh Hazratganj area collapsed late on Monday evening. Though no casualties or injuries were reported in the incident, around six motorcycles parked outside the building were damaged after being trapped in the debris.

The building, which houses seven shops, was in a dilapidated condition and the LMC had on August 4 issued a notice to its owner VP Narang to evacuate it.

‘Tenants were informed about LMC notice’
  • “We had informed all tenants after the LMC declared the building unsafe this year and issued a notice to vacate it. Despite repeated requests, the tenants did not vacate the building,” said Vikram Narang, son of VP Narang, owner of the building.
  • “Letters to all tenants were also sent by registered posts informing about the LMC’s notice to vacate the building. When they did not vacate the building, I informed the LMC and Hazratganj police station about it. Some of the tenants have also sublet their portion to others,” he added.

Four families (tenants) were residing on the second floor of the building. Fortunately, all of them escaped unhurt.

Initially, a small portion of the building on the second floor (roof above the balcony) collapsed that alerted people standing below. Thereafter, a parapet and a balcony on the first and second floors of the building collapsed. Lucknow’s iconic hairdressers shop – AN John – on the ground floor of the building was also damaged.

The incident caused traffic jam in the area.

To recall, seven houses have collapsed in the city so far due to incessant rainfall.

Santosh Kumar Vaish, ADM (city), informed that the dilapidated portion of the building would be demolished to prevent any mishap.

Sarvesh Mishra, SP (east) rushed to the spot along with large contingent of police force.

According to cops, a parapet and balcony on the first and second floors of the building collapsed, trigging panic the area.

“No one was injured and no casualty has been reported in the incident,” said Mishra.

After getting information, the LMC squad reached the site.

“The extended portion (parapet) of the building has collapsed. The structurally weak portion of the building will be razed,” said Kishore Lal, junior engineer, LMC.

Municipal commissioner Indramani Tripathi has sought a detailed report of the incident from the zonal engineer.

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 11:54 IST