September 2, 2013 3:05:05 am
The Vadodara city police,investigating the Atladara twin building collapse,has summoned officials of the Vadodara Urban Development Authority (VUDA) for the first session of questioning on Tuesday.
Sources in the police team said that the officials have been asked to gather all documents related to the construction of the buildings,including confidential official file noting. The police said that action against those guilty of negligence will be determined only after questioning.
Although residents protesting against the August 28 crash of the two buildings are blaming the administration for going slow on the perpetrators,the police say they are awaiting a detailed list of officers from VUDA and a report from the Gujarat Engineering Research Institute (GERI) to begin their probe.
An officer said,The officials from VUDA will undergo a questioning on Tuesday,which is when we will have a clear picture on the people who are behind the construction of these buildings. We have given time to the authorities to gather their documents as the probe has to be precise. We are expecting the report from GERI soon. The official added that GERI will conduct a sample test on Monday in the presence of police to determine the quality of the material used for constructing the two buildings.
Incidentally,Anand-based contractor K R Makwana,who had been awarded the contract for constructing the ill-fated buildings,is also the man behind the construction of several administrative and police buildings across the city and district. Sources said that Makwana is currently untraceable. Sources in Anand said the contractor left his residence late on Thursday and has been unreachable on his mobile phone since then. Makwana is supposed to have close links with former VUDA chairman and city BJP president K K Shah,who died of a heart attack on Friday. The police said that they will summon Makwana for questioning once they get the GERI report.
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