Published On: Thu, Oct 14th, 2021

Bengaluru: Two buildings in Kamalanagar razed after foundations cave in | Bengaluru News


BENGALURU: Two buildings abutting each other were razed down on Wednesday after their foundations caved in following heavy rain on Tuesday night at NGO colony in Kamalanagar, off Basaveshwaranagar. There were no casualties as the residents evacuated in the nick of time.
Around 9.30pm on Tuesday, the retaining wall to the rear of the buildings gave away and their foundation crashed. As the buildings shook, all six families residing there rushed out, grabbing whatever belongings they had. And in a few seconds, the ground floor caved in taking down a bed, TV and refrigerator with it.

The two buildings were built on two 15-ft by 40-ft plots, carved out of a 30-ft by 40-ft site. One building had ground plus three floors and the other, ground plus one floor. Together, they had six residential units.
Dhanalakshmi G, a resident of one of the buildings and tailor, said she was coming back from work when her husband called to inform her that their house was collapsing.
“It was raining heavily, and the empty site behind our building was getting filled with water. The soil under our the building was slowly getting washed away. The ground floor sank and it was terrifying. We were worried about our homes and the belongings,” said Lakshmi.
K Gopalaiah, excise minister and MLA of Mahalakshmi Layout, BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta and zonal commissioner Basavaraju among others visited the spot around 10pm on Tuesday to oversee relief operations. “The residents were relocated to a shelter in a BBMP school nearby. The buildings were over 20 years old and structurally not safe. During the recent survey to identify unsafe structures in the city, we had given a notice to the building owners but they paid no heed to our warnings,” Basavaraju said. “We had already warned the owners and the residents to vacate the buildings as they were unsafe, but they did not take it seriously,” a senior BBMP engineer said.
The buildings were registered in the name of Rajeshwari and Kavya. Both were not available at the spot. Around 9.30am on Wednesday, a demolition team arrived at the spot with police, National Disaster Response Force, and fire and emergency services officials and began pulling down the buildings using earthmoving machines. “We cleared out the area within 100 metres of the buildings and got everyone to vacate their houses to prevent any accidents during the demolition,” the engineer said. By 1.15pm, both buildings were razed to the ground.
“Police are searching for the owners who are responsible for this tragedy. All support will be given to the displaced residents,” excise minister Gopalaiah said.
In another incident, the roof and wall of a 90-year-old Mangalore-tiled building in Nagarathpet collapsed partially. The building was unoccupied.





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