Greater Noida (West): Two buildings collapsed late evening on 17th July 2018 in Shah Beri village. One six storey under construction building is believed to have collapsed and fell on another four storey building where 16 families were already living. Rescue attempts ongoing since last night who have found 3 dead bodies so far.
The Menace Of Unauthorised Construction
Delhi – NCR has become over populated in last couple of decades. During this time many families have moved from Delhi to adjoining areas in search of an affordable accommodation. With the growing demand, the rents shot up in areas like Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. As a result, many builders built multi storey apartment complexes on small plots of land where they didn’t follow the safety guidelines. These buildings rise five to six floors above the ground with not more than one floor of foundation, violating every standard for a multi-storey building. The walls are usually half brick wide.
The government and the local authority is well aware of such constructions and don’t do much to stop it. Often the officials are bribed to keep their mouths shut. People in search for affordable homes settle for these apartments. Little do they know the risks they take and put their families to by moving in such houses.
Rescue Operations After The Shah Beri Building Collapse
After the buildings in Shah Beri collapsed at around 9:30 last night, the police force arrived on the scene. The Noida Police realised that they were not equipped to handle the situation therefore, immediately called for The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). NDRF was quick to respond and has been trying to find anyone alive under the derbies since then. The locals in the area say that there is a strong possibility that there were labourers in the unoccupied building. Some suspect that the rescue workers might find them crushed under the rubble too.
The police has arrested the builder Ganga Sharan Dwidedi along with his two counterparts and has registered an FIR against 15 others.
Meanwhile, a dog squad surveyed the rubble in hope of finding someone but in vain.