Commissioner SMC orders inquiry into incident
A house in Gangebough area near Tengpora Srinagar collapsed due to the insensitive and adamant behavior of authorities, who continued digging the drains and sumps in the area, despite clear indication of damage to the nearby structures, locals said Friday.
Locals said that Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has been digging drains in the area from quite some time and recently a commercial complex developed a huge crack, due the vibrations caused by the digging process.
“Terrorized by the fear of possible damage to their houses, residents, whose houses are adjacent to the area demarcated for the construction of the drain, approached the authorities to stop the ongoing work, but the authorities didn’t budge and continued the construction work,” locals said.
Locals further said that they approached the Deputy Commissioner with their apprehensions. “But Div Com directed the officials to take stern action against us if we resisted the construction work,” they said, “We simply approached him out of our fear that we will be reduced homeless if our houses collapse,” they added.
Locals said that the construction work has been ongoing, while while 50 feet sump was being dug adjacent to the house belonging to two siblings, namely Irshad Ahmed Azad and Shafat Ahmed Azad. “The house gave in to the vibration and sunk more than two inches into the soil, while another adjacent structure along with the house in question developed huge cracks, making them unsafe to live,” they said.
“We warned the Junior Engineer on duty about the cracks developing in the nearby houses. But he said that even his house has huge cracks and continued the work on the sump till our house suffered a great damage”, they added.
Meanwhile, when the officials of SMC visited the area in the aftermath of damage to the house, the victims demanded compensation for their land and their house, so that they could shift to some other safer location.
When contacted Commissioner SMC Khurshid Ahmed Sanai confirmed the incident and said that he has ordered an enquiry into the incident. “Once the report of findings comes, further course to deal with the situation will be decided,” he said.
“Concerned officers have been instructed to compile a report about the reasons behind the sinking of the house immediately and submit it to his office”, he added. (CNS)