An inquiry committee has been formed to probe the Noida wall collapse and it will submit its report to the government in 15 days, Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Nand Gopal Gupta said on Tuesday.
The UP industrial development minister said strict action will be taken against those found negligent in the case.
Four construction workers died and nine suffered injuries after a portion of a housing society’s boundary wall collapsed on them on Tuesday morning in Sector 21 of Noida.
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Tragedy in the morning
Officials said 13 people were carrying out drain cleaning work adjacent to the wall when it collapsed at around 10:15 am.
“Around 10:15 am, information was received that the boundary wall of Jal Vayu Vihar in Sector 21 has collapsed. 13 labourers were feared trapped under the debris. Rescue operations were immediately initiated and nine people were rescued while four others had died,” said Rajneesh Verma, ACP-1, Noida.
Those who died belonged to Badaun district of UP.
The workers were hired by a contractor for repair work on a drain adjoining the boundary wall of Jal Vayu Vihar. The contractor worked for the Noida Authority, which functions under the UP industrial development ministry headed by Gupta.
According to officials of Noida Authority, the wall was constructed by the resident’s association about 25-30 years ago.
Deaths condoled
Taking congnizance of the matter, the minister condoled the loss of lives in the episode.
“The minister spoke to the chief executive officer of the Noida Authority for action. The CEO told him that a committee has been formed to investigate the incident and it will submit its report within 15 days,” Gupta’s office said in a statement.
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“The minister said the loss of lives due to the wall collapse was very sad. Strict action will be taken against whoever is found negligent in this incident,” the statement added.
(With agency inputs)
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