Make VUDA twin building collapse report public: Cong

The Vadodara city unit of the Congress on Thursday dashed off a letter to Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: October 11, 2013 6:04:32 am

The Vadodara city unit of the Congress on Thursday dashed off a letter to Chief Minister Narendra Modi,demanding that the report of the Manjula Subramaniam probe committee on the August 28 twin building collapse in Vadodara’s Atladara area be made public.

The letter comes a day after Subramaniam declared that the probe has been completed and the report has been submitted to the Urban Development Department.

The Vadodara city Congress has also demanded that an independent inquiry committee,comprising retired judges,be set up immediately to probe the VUDA housing schemes that are reportedly in shambles,namely: Keshavnagar,three phases of Deendayalnagar,Shantinagar,Santoshnagar and Vinayaknagar.

The Congress,which has cornered the BJP on the issue of not having initiated action against the VUDA officers,has also asked Modi to declare the demolition of the Madhavnagar structures void,until an independent inquiry is made into the construction of the colonies.

The letter also demanded a revision of the compensation package for residents of all the dilapidated structures built under such schemes.

Narendra Ravat,president of Vadodara unit of Congress,said,“The Chief Minister is responsible for the condition of these houses,as well as the lack of action taken against the corrupt officials. These houses were constructed by the Vadodara Urban Development Authority in 2001-02 and handed over after the chief minister inaugurated them in 2004. Everyday some slab or wall collapses and the chief minister is simply tight-lipped about it. It is not acceptable.”

The Congress is demanding a fresh and complete inquiry into the VUDA colonies to ascertain the official reasons behind their collapse. “They have ordered demolition of the already vacated houses to cover up the scam. But how can they make such decisions before the inquiry committees report is made public? We want an answer from the chief minister,” he said.

Last month,VUDA had ordered for the demolition of all 31 standing blocks of Madhavnagar colony,after two other buildings collapsed on September 28,exactly a month after 11 were killed in the twin building collapse of August 28.

Yet another building crumbles in Vadodara

Vadodara: Residents of yet another four-storey building had to be evacuated in Vadodara early on Thursday,after it started to crumble,reportedly owing to the weight of three massive billboards placed atop the building.

Kalyan Kunj,located on the main road in Raopura,showed signs of weakness in its base early in the morinig. Fire brigade personnel as well as VMC structural engineers were rushed to the spot and the residents evacuated.

While the occupants of the building are safe structural engineers blamed them for the building’s condition. Experts said that the three heavy billboards was putting too much pressure on the base of the building. “Our structural experts have seen the building and found that the huge billboards installed on the terrace of the building are putting additional weight to it,which the structure is not capable to taking. We have asked the residents to take off the billboards immediately,” a corporation official said. “At present,the building being monitored and a decision will be taken after the entire examination of the structure is complete.”

In the past three weeks,seven buildings have collapsed or have been partially damaged had in the city. Fortunately,all buildings were evacuated before any serious damage took place. ens

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