MCD asked to carry survey of all East Delhi buildings

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 21:56

New Delhi: As rescuers scramble to save those trapped in the rubble of the collapsed building here, Delhi Government on Tuesday ordered MCD to carry out an emergency survey of all buildings in East Delhi and check their structural deficiencies to prevent recurrence of such
incidents.

The Government also directed East Delhi Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) to conduct a detailed probe into the incident, including possible negligence on the part of concerned agencies and asked him to file his report within 10 days.

"The scale of the tragedy is unprecedented. I don`t think such a tragedy has taken place in Delhi in the recent past," Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said, announcing an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each to next of the kin of those killed and Rs one lakh to those injured.

After a high-level meeting with top officials of various concerned agencies, Finance Minister A K Walia said MCD has been told to carry out an emergency survey to examine "structural stability" of all the buildings in the area.

The survey would be carried out within a radius of 300
metres from the Pushta road, where a building collapsed last
night.

Lt Governor Tejindra Khanna, after visiting the site
of the incident, said he has told MCD to take help from
Central Building Research Institute in Roorkee to check the
structural deficiencies in the buildings and complete the
exercise within three-four months.

"After the survey, retrofitting of weak buildings can
be carried out. Those buildings which cannot be retrofitted
will have to be sealed or demolished," he said, noting that he
had raised the issue of weak buildings in the area several
times in meetings with concerned agencies.

Khanna said the colonies in the locality are built on
the Yamuna River flood plain and the recent floods may have
led to seepage that damaged the foundation of the building.
Holding MCD responsible for the incident, Dikshit said
the builder should not have been allowed to construct floors
beyond permissible level and the quality of the building
should also have been examined.

Dikshit, promising stringent punishment against those
found guilty by the probe panel, also blamed the builder for
the tragedy, saying the offence amounts to "murder".
"The building was to be a three storey one but they
built a five-storeyed one. The foundation was so weak that it
collapsed," she said.

After receiving the detailed report, Dikshit said,
responsibility would be fixed and stringent action would be
taken against the guilty persons.

Dikshit said Rs two lakh ex-gratia will be given to
families which have lost an adult member, Rs one lakh will be
given in case of death of a child. Rs one lakh will be given
to each of those injured in the incident.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 21:56

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