Building collapse probe to overhaul the sys: CM

The inquiry, to be conducted by former Delhi HC judge Lokeshwar Prashad, will probe all aspects of the incident including whether there was any procedural, administrative, and statutory lapses that led to the tragedy.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 19:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit on Thursday said the one-member judicial commission set up
to probe the East Delhi building collapse will find out what
led to the incident and suggest measures to overhaul the
system which can act as a "deterrence" against such tragedies.

"We will also go into all other aspects like who all were
responsible for such a tragedy and who all were responsible
for allowing a three-storey building to have five storeys.
When all these will come out, we can find a solution," Dikshit
told reporters at the sidelines of a function here.

She said she will wait for the outcome of the probe
before taking action against any officials involved in the
incident that took place in Lalita Park in Laxmi Nagar on
Monday night. 70 people were killed in the mishap.

"Let us find out who is responsible. Who is that person,"
she said, adding the commission will submit its report within
three months.

The inquiry, to be conducted by former Delhi High Court
judge Justice Lokeshwar Prashad, will probe all aspects of the
incident including whether there was any procedural,
administrative, and statutory lapses that led to the tragedy.

While a blame-game has already begun between MCD and
Delhi Government with both passing the buck to each other over
the tragedy, Dixit said "what is essential is accountability.
There is connivance."

She said local bodies like MCD is responsible for giving
no-objection certification, passing the building plans,
examining lands and the landowners.
When asked to comment on owner of the building Amritpal
Singh having taken name of one her Ministers, she asked "do
you believe him?”

The Chief Minister said occupants who have been asked to
evacuate immediately from dangerous buildings "will be given
some place to stay".

"At this moment we cannot find buildings or camps but we
have homes where will accommodate them," she said.

The MCD has asked the occupants of as many as 38
"dangerous" buildings in the East Delhi area to evacuate
immediately.

PTI