Delhi building collapse: MCD suspends engineer

New Delhi: Cracking the whip three days after the collapse of buildings in Old Delhi, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Friday suspended a Superintending Engineer and divesting a junior engineer of his charge.

MCD Commissioner K S Mehra ordered the suspension of Sushil Kumar, the Superintending Engineer of City Zone, with immediate effect on charges of dereliction of duty and lack of supervision in connection with the Tuesday night collapse of two buildings due to illegal construction.

Seven persons, including four women and a child, were killed in the incident.

Kumar had yesterday relieved himself of his duties from City Zone without permission of the competent authority, an MCD spokesperson said.

Mehra also asked the Chief Vigilance Officer to conduct an inquiry and slap a major penalty on him.

The look-after charge of the post of Executive Engineer assigned to Saeed Anwar, Assistant Engineer, City Zone has also been withdrawn with immediate effect, the spokesperson said.

He said inquiry by the Director of Vigilance into the house-collapse in Chandni Mahal, was still continuing. "Keeping in view the nature of inquiry, it may take a few more days for the report to be completed," he said.

Facing allegations of allowing illegal constructions, the MCD had on Wednesday ordered a vigilance inquiry into the building collapse incident to ascertain whether the owner had connived with civic body officials in construction activities.

Owner Anil was carrying out some construction work at his building which collapsed due to digging work. The collapse of his building led to the razing of an adjacent building too.

A senior MCD official had sought to put the ball in police's court saying it had informed them about "dangerous" digging activity being carried out by the owner a fortnight ago, a charge denied by police.