CM agrees to inspect safety of other buildings at Ruby

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 16 January 2014 13:33 IST

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has finally agreed to get all the buildings at Ruby Residency inspected from safety point of view.

The government however has decided not to demolish other three buildings of the same block, a building of which collapsed on 4 January, killing over 30 workers.

After the collapse, experts of Goa Engineering College had taken samples of the whole block and had found out that no building of the block is safe due to faulty design and inferior construction quality.

Though Parrikar had earlier said the other three buildings would also be demolished since they are not safe and have developed cracks, he now says government would not demolish it.

“We have already spent over Rs 30 lakh on clearing the debris. Let the builder demolish it at his cost”, he remarked.

He also said that all the buildings are sealed and occupancy for these buildings would not be granted.

Parrikar however was reluctant on conducting inspection of other buildings of Ruby Residency, including Phase I, where people are residing, including his sports minister Ramesh Tawadkar.

The sports minister himself had said he is not feeling safe living in the building while another occupant had said the walls are not even in a condition to put a nail to hang a calendar.

When journalists pointed out that neglecting inspection of other buildings may invite yet another tragedy, this time of the people residing in it, Parrikar finally said: “Okay, I will tell them to inspect it.”

He however said government wanted to demolish the buildings in the block of collapsed building to make the rescue work risk-free.

“Since the rescue work is now over and we have already demolished two villas as it was necessary, we have decided not to demolish other buildings,” said Parrikar.

When asked why the government has constituted yet another committee of PWD engineers to inspect the condition of buildings, the chief minister claimed that the PWD committee would work on  specific parameters as GEC report was not full proof. 

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