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Day after tragedy,Modi govt blames ‘excess rain’ for building collapse

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Posted: August 30, 2013 3:16 am

A day after the two buildings collapse in Vadodara that killed 11 people,a post on Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s website defended saying that the twin buildings were built “between 1999 and 2001”. Modi became CM in October 2001,taking over from Keshubhai Patel.

A post under the head: “Steps taken by Gujarat Government in the wake of unfortunate collapse of 2 buildings in Vadodara” said that the inquiry would explore possibilities of the tragic incident having been caused due to liquefaction or water logging due to 120 per cent excess of rains.

The state government on its portal said,“Experts are deciphering if liquefaction effect had any role in this collapse”. It added,“It may be noted that Vadodara has received 120% excess of the average rainfall this year. It is being explored whether this and water logging are the causes behind the collapse.” The state government maintained that material from

collapsed building will be tested to decipher the cause of the mishap. Besides,experts from the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA),Institute of Seismological Research,Gandhinagar (ISR),Gujarat Engineering Research Institute,Vadodara (GERI) and Road & Building Department,Government of Gujarat are collectively testing and finding out the reasons behind the tragedy.

Meanwhile,the government has ordered an inquiry into the accident led by former Chief Secretary Manjula Subramaniam. The Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority will assist Subramaniam in the probe.

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