Residents vacate homes fearing building collapse in Vadodara

Residents of a four-storeyed building in Vadodara’s old city area of Raopura vacated their homes in the wee hours of Friday after the 30-year-old building developed cracks and slightly tilted.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: May 18, 2013 3:00 am

Residents of a four-storeyed building in Vadodara’s old city area of Raopura vacated their homes in the wee hours of Friday after the 30-year-old building developed cracks and slightly tilted.

Around 40 persons living in 16 flats in Mahavir Apartment found that their building was on the verge of collapse after another building adjoining it was taken down by the owner,removing the support system on which it was standing,residents said.

Fire personnel rushed to the spot around 2 am to evacuate the residents and cut gas and power lines for fear that it might crumble. “We have taken precautionary measures before any untoward incident happened and have cordoned off the area,” chief fire officer Hitesh Tapadia said.

Residents said they approached the police with a request for an action against the owner of the adjoining building that was taken down without proper permission from the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC),but police said they could not register any case as the matter was for the civic body to handle.

“The apartment was old and derelict. It has come to our knowledge that the VMC had sent them many notices in the past to evacuate but the the residents refused to accept,so we are not in a position to file any case in the matter,” Karelibaug police inspector S M Varotariya said.

Residents said the VMC officials had neglected their call for help and was not taking any action against the person who fell the adjoining building without proper permission. “We had to spend the entire night out on the road after the VMC said the building might fall anytime. At night,suddenly several cracks appeared and the plinth sunk,it was an old building. We are not sure where we will go from here,” a resident,R M Shah,said.

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