SC orders demolition of Moulivakkam building

SC ordered demolition of the remaining 11-storey building at the Moulivakkam building crash site.

Published: 12th May 2016 03:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2016 03:50 PM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered demolition of the remaining 11-storey building at the Moulivakkam building crash site after going through the three-member committee report on the stability of the building.

The court passed the order based on the report submitted by a expert committee appointed by it.

The case pertains to weather the remain 11-storey building at the ill-fated project of  Prime Sristi Housing Private Limited be demolished or not. On June 28, 2014, in what could be one of the worst disaster Chennai witnessed, a 11-storey under-construction apartment complex collapsed killing 60 people, almost all of them construction workers. The building site was located at Moulivakkam, in the eastern suburbs of the Chennai city.

The Kancheepuram collector had ordered demolition of the remaining 11 storey building in the site, since it poses a safety threat. But on a petition by the builder, the Madras High Court had twice nullified  the demolition order citing procedural lapses.

On an appeal by the Tamil Nadu government, the SC appointed a committee consisting of Shashank Bisnoi, assistant professor, Indian Institute of New Delhi, L P Singh, general manager (Structure), National Building Construction and senior advocate Ashok Kumar Gupta. The team had visited Chennai to study the safety of the structure. 

It is learnt that the committee in its report to Supreme Court has stated that the building was grossly under-designed for a 11-storey. The Supreme Court, based on the report, has upheld the Kancheepuram district collector's order for demolition of the building.

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