Karachi building collapse: Building erected despite major structural flaws
KARACHI: A 23-year old six-storey building, which was tilted down earlier in the day, had been raised after getting construction permit of ground plus one floor, ARY News reported.
According to the map, obtained by the ARY News, the builder had constructed the high-rise residential building in Ranchore Line by violating the laws of Sindh Building Control Authority.
Sources said that SBCA’s than assistant and deputy directors had raised questions over the building but the former DG SBCA had allowed the builder to construct the multi-storey building.
After completing the illegal structure, the builder had got stay order from a court to prevent the building from any action by the concerned authorities.
It was learnt that the building was damaged three years ago after the fire broke out in a godown situated into its basement. The authorities did nothing rather than giving the residents warning letters to evacuate the building.
SBCA director Saddar Town said that building rules were also not followed while constriction of a godown in the basement of the building.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and sought a comprehensive report into the building collapse. He vowed to take the culprits to task.
Earlier in the day, talking to ARY News, Director General SBCA Zafar Ahsan had said that the team immediately reached the spot after getting the news about the damage to the building’s foundation.
The residents living in the 19 flats of the dilapidated six story building were evacuated to avoid human loss.
The six-floor dilapidated building collapsed in Soomra Gali, Ranchore Line, Karachi.
As per details, a six-floor building, having 19 flats had tilted down earlier in the day. Getting notice of the matter, the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) officials had reached the area and had sealed the building.
Luckily the residents had been shifted from the building before it collapsed over the empty godown situated into its surroundings.