Sector 17 building collapse: Police receive replies from engg, fire depts

The engineering department, meanwhile, said that the debris can be removed as the nearby buildings are out of danger.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 8, 2014 12:03 pm

The UT police has received replies from the departments of engineering and fire and emergency services with regard to the collapse of a building in Sector 17 on June 8. The inquiry in the case has come to a halt as the replies have not been of much use to the police.

The fire department replied saying the case cannot be ascertained as the building completely collapsed. The concerned Sub-Divisional Officer of the department replied saying they had checked the electricity meters, which were working fine.

The engineering department, meanwhile, said that the debris can be removed as the nearby buildings are out of danger.

The incident in question took place on June 8 when the NIELIT building collapsed after a fire broke out in the basement where an AC was installed. The building collapsed hours after explosions were reported, with the firefighting operation continuing for days.

Police is now awaiting removal of the debris and an inspection by a team from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratories (CFSL) to proceed with investigations into the death of two firemen who were buried under the rubble.

The police had earlier asked the UT Estate office if any notice was issued to the tenants, National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), in the last few years. Also, they were asked if the building was inspected and if permission was granted to install an AC in the basement.

As per the estate office’s reply, only one notice was issued in 2010. This pertained to adding an extra floor to the building, which is sub-judice at present. An inspection regarding the same was conducted, but no notice for violation of laws was served.

The estate office also said that as per the rules, owner or tenants of a building can install an AC in the basement without seeking any permission.

When asked if the NIELIT director was called, the SHO said, “We have recorded statements of all concerned. They can only be questioned on the basis of CFSL reports and findings. All those concerned will be summoned but it will take some time.”

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