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Indore: A portion of dilapidated building, which could not be tracked down during a survey for identifying rickety structures in the city, collapsed exposing the causal working of building officers and building inspectors.

The incident took place around 1 am at Nandalapura on Thursday hours before Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) removal gang started drive against rickety structures in the city.

Fortunately, the mishap was not fatal nor it caused injury to anyone. On learning about the incident, IMC’s removal gang armed with JCB and poclain machines reached the accidental site in morning and pulled down residential portions of the building whereas left out the commercial parts.

IMC ensured that four shops located on the ground floor of the G+2 building do not suffer any damages. Following the directives of municipal commissioner Asheesh Singh, building officers and buildings inspectors had carried out a survey in their respective areas for identifying dangerous structures.

In all 119 buildings were found to be dangerous to the human life. These included 24 buildings of Zone-12 under which the G+2 building owned by Nandlal Bhandri and Sons private limited as also located but was not found to be dangerous in the IMC’s survey.

This raised question on the survey carried out by building officer Vishesh Jain and building inspector Rakesh Chouhan of Zone-12.

Jain was present when the removal gang of IMC reached the site. Firstly, the people living in the buildings were asked to vacate. After the residential portions of the building were vacated, the entire building barring four shops on the ground floor was knocked down.

Jain said the building was located on 3,000 sq ft plot. Shaky building on Dhar Road pulled down A dilapidated building on Dhar Road under Zone-16 was also demolished by the removal gang on Thursday.

The owned by Vindu Kumar Jain had two tenants and one clinic. The removal gang reached there and firstly got the building vacated. Thereafter the demolition drive was carried out.

Within one hour the building was demolished. Singh said that the drive to demolish the rickety buildings ahead of the monsoon would continue in days to come as well. The IMC has planned to demolish 26 out of 119 buildings in the first phase.

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