At least six labourers, four men and two women, were killed Tuesday after the compound wall of a college in Ambegaon area collapsed a little after midnight.
According to primary information, some huts were constructed next to the wall of Sinhagad College in Ambegaon. Around 1.30 am following incessant rains, a portion of the wall collapsed. Six trees were uprooted too.
At least 15 persons living in these huts were trapped under the debris. Local residents and a team from the Pune fire brigade rescued nine persons.
A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached the spot to conduct rescue operations.
The authorities said the incident was due to heavy rainfall and poor constriction of the wall. “This is a manmade mistake as basic rules were not followed in the construction of the wall. Also, the labour camps alongside the walls should not be constructed,” Naval Kishor Ram, district collector, said.
PMC Mayor Mukta Tilak said the compound walls of the building are causing a threat to the life of people and proper care should be taken. “There are dilapidated buildings in the central part of Pune and people should be shifted at a safe location. PMC administration has to take necessary actions without delay,” she said.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Vipin Sharma said that the PMC has started survey of all labour camps in the ongoing construction site. “The Ambegaon area was recently included in PMC limits and the construction of college building and wall has been done long back,” he said.
The ongoing construction of the building where the labourers were working was also started before the area came in civic limits, he said, adding that the PMC will verify the legality of the ongoing construction and take action against the developer of the building.
The incident comes days after 15 persons, including four children, were killed Saturday after a retaining wall of Alcon Stylus housing society in Kondwa in Pune collapsed on a temporary tin shed residences of labourers at an adjacent construction site of SVG Kanchan Group.
Those killed were construction workers and their family members from Bihar. Three others survived with minor to grievous injuries. Police have booked a total of builders involved in both the projects and have arrested two of them.
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