To expedite the inquiry into the Shital Fibres collapse,which killed 23 poor labourer and left over 60 injured,the Patiala Divisional Commissioner S R Ladhar,who has been given additional charge of Jalandhar,has summoned records of the collapsed building from the Punjab Small Industries and Exports Corporation (PSIEC) regarding its allotment,registration,export license and electricity connection.
Ladhar has also told the district administration that the industrial disaster should act as a lesson and has urged the administration to check all the industrial units in the city for safety standards.
PSIEC sources said all records available with the industrial body have been submitted to the commissioner. Ladhar has been given the task after the Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner Anurag Verma,had left for training.
PSIEC sources said that Verma had also collected crucial evidence regarding collapsed building and added that the current investigating authority will also receive whatever it demands from the PSIEC.
Sources in the district administration informed that Commissioner Ladhar has asked DC,Priyank Bharti,to take officials from other departments,which are related to industry,to check the safety of all the industrial units.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had ordered an enquiry into the incident on April 17,which was to be completed in 21 days.
Badal had also announced to conduct a state-wide safety audit of industrial units. Apart from the PSIEC,no other department ha conducted any audit.
Meanwhile,leaders of different industrial associations including Narinder Singh Saggu,president,Industrial Focal Point Extension Association,Sharad Aggarwal,Sudarshan Sharma and Rajan Gupta of the Northern Small Industry Chamber met Ladhar and demanded the withdrawal of the criminal case against Vij.