BENGALURU: A six-storied building under construction collapsed even as workers were busy laying tiles in the building in Bellandur on Wednesday afternoon. One person was found dead and seven others were rescued. At least one more person is feared trapped under the debris, according to police officials.
The deceased has been identified as Ashok Mahanta (27), a native of Orissa who was working as a security guard in the neighbouring building. The incident took place at 12:35 pm. The building was being constructed as a women's PG.
According to BBMP officials, the builders had taken permission for construction of G+3 but had built an additional floor, unauthorised. Extremely difficult operation as there is no space for rescue personnel to move around. The space is narrow.
DGP Fire and Emergency Services MN Reddi said it was an extremely challenging operation as the building was narrow and there was no space for the rescue personnel to move around. Though nine people were trapped, six people rescued initially.
Mahanta (27) he was security guard in the neighbouring building. NDRF working to rescue one more. One woman feared trapped.
At least about 150 personnel have been pressed into service including the police department, fire services and NDRF. In all, nine people were in the building. Six were taken to hospital initially, out of which one person is said to be in a serious condition. Of the other three, one person- the second purity guard was found dead after a huge block of concrete hit his head.
Rescue personnel have been successful in rescuing one more person in the building. Operations are on to extricate the other victim.