Ten killed in building collapse in north Delhi, rescue operations on
NEW DELHI: Ten
people including five children and three women were killed while two others
injured when a 50-year-old dilapidated four-storeyed building on Saturday
collapsed in a congested area in north Delhi, police said.
persons, who were rescued from under the debris are recuperating in the
hospital, police said. “Ten people including five children and three women have
been killed in the building collapse while two persons have been injured.
Rescue operations are still on and debris is being removed,” said Deputy
Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma.
An assistant junior
engineer and a junior engineer of NDMC’s Karol Bagh zone have been suspended,
NDMC PRO Yogendra Singh Mann said, adding that an inquiry has been ordered into
the incident in Inderlok area.
has ordered an inquiry into the incident under Additional Commissioner (Engineering)
of the corporation and errant civic officials in this connection will not be
spared, if found guilty of any irregularity,” he said.
suspect construction work at an adjacent building may be one of the reasons
behind the building collapse.
“A notice was also
sent to the neighbouring plot to stop construction earlier, but by continuing
to dig, they have violated the order and hence due action will be taken against
that party, if found guilty post the municipal inquiry,” Mann said.
According to fire
officials, they got a call around 9 AM about a building collapsing at Tulsi
Nagar in Inderlok following which four fire tenders were rushed to the spot for
the rescue operations.
“We got a call
about the incident at 8:55 AM. The building was around 50 years old and a
number of families lived there,” said Verma. He said it was an “unauthorised”
building and investigations were underway in this regard.
North Delhi Mayor
Yogender Chandolia said, “I believe such incidents are taking place also due to
The incident took
place in a congested locality and seems to have been caused by construction
work on an adjacent plot, a fire official said.
Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA)
and NDMC were pressed into rescue and relief operations soon after the
Those pulled out of
the debris were rushed to Bara Hindu Rao hospital and Acharya Bhikshu Hospital.
The narrow bylanes
of the area hampered the movement of fire tenders and cranes to the spot. In
its pre-monsoon survey for the first four months of the year, the NDMC had
found 140 buildings in north Delhi as dangerous.
A total of 144
buildings were identified as dangerous for the period, with Sadar Paharganj
zone alone accounting for 137 such structures, according to the survey report
recently released by the NDMC.
one building in Karol Bagh Zone and four in the City Zone were identified as
dangerous, two structures were flagged in Rohini Zone where partial demolition
has taken place, it said.