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MCD demolition team enters Chandni Mahal,then turns back

Two days after seven people died in a building collapse in Old Delhi,municipal officials on Thursday prepared to demolish a building nearby that they suspect is also structurally unsafe.

Two days after seven people died in a building collapse in Old Delhi,municipal officials on Thursday prepared to demolish a building nearby that they suspect is also structurally unsafe.

Officials said they had also enforced a new mechanism to ensure buildings in unplanned areas like Chandni Mahal,the site of the tragedy,could be made structurally stronger.

MCD officials said the building on plot number 833 collapsed on Tuesday most likely because its weak foundation and structure gave way due to ongoing construction.

MCD spokesperson Deep Mathur said another old building,a few houses down the same lane,also appeared to be structurally weak and a team was sent to pull it down on Thursday.

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“ But we couldn’t demolish it as residents resisted the action. The police also said it will turn into a law and order issue if residents continue to protest,” Mathur said.

Residents said the building that was to be demolished on Thursday belongs to Rajendra Sharma who also owned the building that collapsed and is named in the case filed regarding Tuesday’s tragedy.

M Ahmed,a resident,said he saw a MCD team visit the site to demolish the building but didn’t know why action was not taken. “There was no protest by anyone,” he said.

MCD officials said they have now also issued new guidelines to ensure architectural plans of buildings in areas like Chandni Mahal,which are categorised as Special Areas,can be vetted by experts for structural safety.