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House collapse at Sarangpur; 3 hurt Wednesday, August 8, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: A major disaster was averted when a three-storeyed house in Sarangpur area of Khadia ward collapsed on Monday. Four persons, including a passer-by, were injured in the collapse which may have been triggered by heavy showers.
A passer-by, Ramubhai Hiralal, an autorickshaw driver, has sustained severe injuries. He and three others -- Idiraben Chandulal, Manishaben Atulbhai and Bhaveshbhai Prabhakarbhai -- are being treated at the VS Hospital.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner (in-charge of Central Zone), D B Makwana was not available for comments.
Immediately after portions of three houses in the central zone collapsed on July 29, Makwana, while talking to the TOI, had said: "It is physically not possible to comb through the whole of central zone and so there may be some buildings left out in nooks and corners. I am, at present, busy perusing a survey report on quake-damaged structures of the central zone, and will be able to arrive at a conclusion, and hopefully with a method of pre-empting or arresting these collapses, after three days."
But, more than the stipulated three days have gone by and the central zone continues to resound with building collapses even six months after the temblor hit Ahmedabad. While the AMC is busy in long-drawn meetings and attempts to device a fool-proof plan the local BJP corporator, Mayur Dave, is not too pleased: "The state government has come up with an ordinance that residents of quake-damaged structures may start repairing as soon as possible. A similar proposal had been ratified at the Standing Committee but here we find the AMC administration soft-pedalling on the issue, and even stalling the repairs." Dave added, "This building had an AMC security guard placed outside to prevent any repair work from taking place. This, despite the fact that the commissioner had, sometime back, announced that all AMC security guards posted outside certain buildings to prevent illegal construction be removed forthwith and that all further security deployment be sanctioned either by the municipal commissioner or in emergency cases by zonal deputy municipal commissioners. It is hard to explain why such double-standards are being practised in the Walled City by the authorities when innocent lives are at stake."
News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]