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Landslide: Aizawl starts demolition drive

With last month’s landslide that killed 17 people and swept away 11 buildings here fresh in mind

Written by Adam Halliday | Aizwal |
June 19, 2013 4:37:27 am

With last month’s landslide that killed 17 people and swept away 11 buildings here fresh in mind,Aizawl’s district administration has ordered the demolition of a handful of large buildings that stand atop steep cliffs within the city limits ahead of the three-month rainy season.

A top official in the Deputy Commissioner’s office said demolition of an eight-storey building in one of the city’s western neighbourhoods has already begun at the owners’ cost,a month after the disaster management department issued notices to them for not having made the necessary reinforcements to the building’s foundations,which had been eaten away by mudslides earlier.

Another nine-storey building at Dawrpui has also been slated for demolition,the official said,because it has been deemed too dangerous and large to stand atop a large boulder that juts out over a busy road.

Although PWD officials are learnt to have said that demolishing just a portion of the building would suffice,their opinion had been over-ruled by government geologists who apparently said the boulder could collapse any moment.

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Last month’s landslide in Aizawl’s Laipuitlang neighbourhood was partly caused by unstable foundations of a multi-storey building owned by the PWD that lay atop the section that collapsed,and a chief engineer was suspended after an inquiry found bureaucratic delays in the scheduled demolition of the building.

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