A huge concrete slab collapsed from the ninth floor of a building in the plush Kumar Kruti housing society in Kalyani Nagar on Sunday evening, damaging four vehicles.
Although no casualties were reported, the incident led to panic among the residents.
The housing society authorities have registered a complaint at the Yerwada police station against Kumar builder and others, who have been booked under section 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
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“We heard a loud sound around 9 pm on Sunday. We found a concrete elevation of about 30 feet in length had collapsed in the area where people usually gather for walk in the evening. But on Sunday, because of the IPL final, most people were inside their homes. Fortunately, there was nobody at the spot where the slab fell. A 10-feet long cement structure is still hanging on the ninth floor. It can fall anytime.”
Society members also plan to lodge a complaint with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
Kumar Kruti comprises five buildings of 12 floors each, with a total of 406 flats. “The project got a completion certificate in 2011. So, it is a new construction. But still, a concrete structure has collapsed. Also, we find cracks and leakages at some spots in the building. We are not happy with the quality of construction,” said a resident.
Police sub-inspector Anil Kumar Atare of Yerwada police station, who is investigating the case, confirmed an FIR had been registered against the builder and investigation initiated.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Kumar builders said in a press statement, “We learned about the incident informally from a resident of Kumar Kruti at Kalyani Nagar, where a piece of an elevated feature had come off. The company’s engineer immediately rushed to the spot. According to the information available with us, there is no structural defect in the construction. It’s an old structure. We will do the needful to rectify the problem.”
PMC’s City Engineer Prashant Waghmare said the civic body will conduct a probe before taking any action.
“The builder will have to submit certificate of structural stability of the building. The architect would also have to give an explanation,” he said.