5 Months Ago, Residents Had Warned Pune Builder about 'Dangerous Wall' that Collapsed and Killed 15
A resident of the housing society said they had highlighted the condition of the wall to one of the partners at the firm, stating it was tilting outward and its construction quality was unsatisfactory.
A dislodged car at the site where a portion of the compound wall of a housing society collapsed on shanties adjacent to it in Kondhwa area, in Pune, on Saturday. (PTI photo)
Pune: The residents of Alcon Stylus alleged on Saturday that they had warned the developer of the housing society about the dangerous condition of the retaining wall of one of the buildings five months ago, but no action was taken.
A portion of the wall collapsed early Saturday morning and fell on the nearby shanties of construction workers, killing 15 persons. The housing society is located in the Kondhwa area here.
"We had a meeting on February 16 with Vivek Agarwal (a partner at Alcon Landmarks) over the pending works. We highlighted the condition of the wall, told him that it was tilting outward and its construction quality was not satisfactory," a resident of the housing society said.
The Minutes of Meeting (MoM) were sent to the developer firm by an e-mail later, he added. PTI has a copy of the minutes.
However, director of Alcon Landmarks Jagdish Agarwal subsequently told them that the wall was safe and if anything happened, he would take care of it, the resident claimed.
"We have forwarded the e-mail communication with the builder to the Pune Municipal Corporation and police," another resident said.
The police on Saturday registered a case of culpable homicide against Jagdishprasad Agarwal (64), Sachin Agarwal (34), Rajesh Agarwal (27), Vivek Agarwal (21) and Vipul Agarwal (21) of Alcon Landmarks, and Pankaj Vora, Suresh Shah and Rashmikant Gandhi of the Kanchan Royal Exotica project for which excavation work was going on.
It is believed that the excavation weakened the base of the wall of Alcon Stylus.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident, calling for strict action and fixing of responsibility. Fadnavis said the guilty will be punished and, at the same time, efforts will be made to prevent such incidents in the future. Earlier in the day, he had announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the next of the deceased.
(With inputs from PTI)
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