Hyderabad building collapse: TS & AP announce ex gratia for victims

A total of 13 labourers belonging to five families, are underneath the debris it is feared.

Published: 09th December 2016 02:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2016 06:18 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Against the backdrop of allegations that the builder of the collapsed building at Nanakramguda here is a close aide of Telangana transport minister P Mahender Reddy, municipal administration minister K T Rama Rao announced that the government would not spare anybody responsible for the building collapse incident.

"We will not spare anybody, however, big he may be. Builder of the building is absconding, now. We have already set up police teams to arrest the builder, whose negligence is responsible for this dreadful incident," KTR announced, soon after visiting the accident site here in the morning.

However, transport minister Mahender Reddy denied the allegations that the builder of the collapsed building is his associate. "The builder is not my close aide. I have nothing to do with him. Stringent action will be initiated against him," Reddy said.

Meanwhile, KT Rama Rao, who has been supervising relief and rescue operations being carried out at the collapsed building, said the State government announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the next to the family of those killed in the building collapse incident.

"Injured persons are being treated at a corporate hospital. The government will bear the expenses of their treatment. Rs 1 lakh will be paid to the family of each injured person,” he added.

The municipal administration minister suspended the deputy municipal commissioner as well as the assistant town planning officer of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for their alleged involvement in the violation of rules in the construction of the collapsed building.  In fact, a total of 13 labourers belonging to five families, are underneath the debris it is feared. NDRF teams are conducting the rescue operations by using ultra-modern equipment like victim location detectors and robot cameras to identify the survivors.

On the other hand, Andhra Pradesh government too announced Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia for the families of the deceased persons, Rs 5 lakh for the grievously injured and Rs 2 lakh for injured persons as some of the victims hail from North Andhra region of AP.

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