Six labourers were killed after a four-storey under-construction building collapsed in Gurugram’s Ullawas village in the wee hours on Thursday. According to Gurgaon police, the incident occurred around 5 am.
Three National Disaster Response Force teams, with about 35 personnel each, were deployed and it is suspected that one or two more people could still be trapped at the site in Ullawas village near sector 65 of Gurgaon, reported PTI.
“Six bodies have been retrieved from the accident site so far. The rescue teams are still on job,” an NDRF spokesperson said.
“A fourth floor had just been added to the building yesterday evening. There were 7 to 8 people who locals claim were labourers, residing on the first floor,” Subhash Boken, PRO of Gurgaon police said earlier.
Officials from the fire department said they received a call regarding the matter at 5:20 am. Around 500 people, including personnel from Gurgaon police, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and National Disaster Response Force, are involved in the rescue operations.
“The structure seems to be an unauthorized construction. Rescue operations are underway,” said IS Kashyap, Fire Services Officer.
“Rescue teams are facing difficulty as they are removing concrete, iron grills and debris. There could be seven people, all labourers, feared trapped,” fire officer Isham Singh told PTI during the early hours of the operation. The building collapsed when the labourers were laying the roof of the structure’s fourth floor, officials said.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh for the families of the deceased. A total of six bodies, of which five have been identified, have been recovered so far.
A case was registered against the building owner and the contractor. The SDM has been directed to conduct an enquiry into the matter. Earlier this year, six people, including a child, died after a blast took place inside a ceiling fan-making unit in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar.
-With ENS & PTI inputs