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Old and weak structures to be identified: Collector

Even as investigation into the collapse of the three-storey old building in the city in the early hours on Sunday has been launched, there have been similar occurrences in the past in the dense residential localities in the city. In 2015, an old building at Srirangam collapsed while foundation for a new structure was being laid, claiming lives of four workers and injuring 10 others.

The tragedy occurred on the West Uthira street when a group of construction workers was raising the foundation for a house. The building adjoining the plot collapsed all of a sudden with the workers trapped under the debris.

Prior to that, there was the collapse of a building in a thickly populated area close to the Nathervali Dargah near Singarathope that claimed one life.

A few years ago, a building collapsed near the East Bouleward Road in which few persons died. The city has several old structures especially in the congested Fort and Singarathope areas with narrow lanes.

The Sunday tragedy involving an old structure has yet again raised questions about the stability of such buildings. Collector K. Rajamani told reporters at the crash site on Sunday that measures would be taken with the help of the City Corporation to identify the old and weak structures within the city limits and issue notices besides initiating appropriate steps to take precautionary measures to curb such occurrences. This exercise would be carried out within one-and-half months before the intensification of the north-east monsoon, the Collector said.


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