The two-story building that collapsed in the city’s Lahori Gate area of the city on Sunday, killing three people, was 40 to 50 years old and “belonged to the waqf council”, according to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
The building collapsed on Sunday evening, killing a four-year-old girl. Two more bodies were pulled from the rubble, bringing the toll from the incident to three, police said on Monday.
Meanwhile, the MCD said on Monday: ‘According to information available from local sources, the building was 40 to 50 years old. The property belonged to the Delhi Waqf Board, it said in a statement.
A senior Delhi Waqf Board official, however, said the building belonged to a mosque in the area.
”According to information available to MCD, property no. 1523 Farsh Khana Lahori Gate is located next to a mosque, having an area of 100 square meters. The property is located in an area where most structures or buildings are built on load-bearing walls without any RCCs.
”The property had a ground floor, a first floor and a partially constructed second floor. No construction has taken place in the recent past and no construction or repair work or building materials have been found piled at the site,” the statement said.
“Furthermore, no complaints regarding the construction activities carried out in the said property have been received by the city’s SP zone construction department,” he added.
Due to the incessant rains of the past few days, the percolation of rainwater through the brick or masonry material of the building ‘might have weakened the structure resulting in the building or property collapsing due to its own weight”, the civic tells the body.
Those injured in the incident were transferred to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) with the assistance of police and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, he added, adding that the debris had been removed with the help of local personnel. the administration and the NDRF.
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