A total of 11 bodies have been recovered from the debris of a seven storied under construction building at Nanakramguda in Cyberabad zone, Hyderabad that collapsed at 9pm on Thursday.
6 dead were recovered on Friday. State Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao, who supervised the rescue operation, said that a 35 year old woman, Rekha and her son, Deepak, a 4 year old child from Chhattisgarh were rescued alive from the debris. They were taken to hospital for treatment.
The rescue work completed in the early hours of Saturday. It took nearly 36 hours for the rescue workers to clear the debris. Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan said that the rescue work took time as the lane leading to the building was narrow. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel along with members of the local administration were involved in rescue operations at the site.
Rao said, “We could save two of the 13 people who were trapped in debris in the six-storied building collapse. Unfortunately, the remaining 11 lost their lives. It is a painful incident.We extend our sympathies to the families of the deceased on behalf of state government.”
Police have arrested the owner of the building, Satyanarayana Singh in Kerala. The state government would take tough action against him for alleged violation of construction rules. Police have booked a case og negligence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder against him for constructing the building without permission and in violation of all rules. The state government has already suspended a deputy commissioner of GHMC and an assistant town planning officer over the incident.
All the victims are workers, who lived in the basement of the building. 9 of those killed were from Vijayanagaram district and one from Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh. A construction worker from Chhattisgarh was also among the dead.
Those killed were identified as A.N. Sambaiah, 45, N. Paidamma, 40, N. Gauri, 13, K. Polinaidu, 32, K. Lakshmi, 26, R. Shankar Rao, 18, P. Polinaidu, 35, P. Narayanamma, 28, P. Mohan, 3. Durga Rao from Srikkaulam and Shiva from Chhattisgarh are also among the dead.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin said postmortem has been completed on the 11 bodies. Rama Rao said five ambulances have been arranged to transport the bodies to their native places. Rao visited the spot Friday and announced ex-Gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of those killed.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad has been asked to investigate the cause of the collapse. A committee headed by IAS officer Navin Mittal to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within 15 days. A preliminary report in this regard was expected tonight.
The state government has also requested the secretory of Municipal Administration Department to examine the relevant issues and suggest systemic improvements to prevent such incidents in future.
“Nobody, either builder or GHMC officials, would be spared. We will show this as an example how tough action would be taken for violation of rules,” Mittal said.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya met Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao who was in Delhi and discussed the incident with him. Dattatreya also directed Labor Ministry officials in Hyderabad to provide necessary help to the victims.