Two killed as under-construction building collapses near Bellandur gate

Two killed as under-construction building collapses near Bellandur gate

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-10-05 19:25 Bengaluru: Two people were killed and several more trapped when an under-construction building collapsed on Wednesday noon near Bellandur gate, Bannerghatta Road.The deceased have been identified as Ashok, 40, a native of Orissa, who worked as a security guard. The other deceased person worked as a labourer at the construction site.Fire and emergency services staff and Natural Disaster Rescue Force are currently involved in rescue operations. Subeesh, NRDF Commander, said they had rescued five people through special cameras. “Till now, we have rescued five people including an eight-year-old child," he said.Speaking to the media, Arvind Limbavali, Mahadevapura MLA, said his constituency had seen two such previous incidents. The MLA blamed the tragedies on poor quality of construction. "Four years ago, two such incidents happened in my constituency in Shantiniketan and Garudacharapalya where an under-construction building collapsed. Builders construct buildings out of poor quality materials and sell it for a lesser amount. Strict action will be taken against officials and the owner of the building," he said.According to Mayor G Padmavathi, the owner had violated rules by building three extra floors when the BBMP had given permission for only two floors. "The BBMP had given notice to the owners in May 2016. But they still went ahead," she said, adding that action would be taken against officials and also against owners Vinay Kumar and Sreenivas Reddy, who constructed this building.BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad held two engineers responsible for the collapse and suspended them. He said despite the notices, the construction work went ahead. So the engineers were suspended for dereliction of duty. "The building plan was approved last year. This building has six owners. They have mentioned that RK associates and architects would supervise the building construction. But due to setbacks, we have a booked criminal case against the owners and also RK Associates."He also added that the BBMP would take-up inspection work and send notices to the building owners for violating rules in the construction of the building.