BBMP razes tilting building in Horamavu

BBMP razes tilting building in Horamavu

The BBMP began demolishing a tilting three-storied building near the Banaswadi railway underpass in Horamavu.

It began the demolition job after evacuating seven families living adjacent to the tilting structure. 

The 450-square foot structure, built 13 years ago, began tilting when the adjacent site was dug up. The BBMP has filed a case against the building's owner Hukum Singh and Kumaresh who dug up the adjacent site for the foundation. The case was filed at the Horamavu police station. 

The BBMP evacuated the seven families living next to the tilting structure and began breaking it down on Tuesday morning. It razed 60% of the building and will complete the work by Wednesday evening. One Hitachi machine and 15 labourers were pressed into service. 

BBMP officials said the structure was built before Horamavu came under its jurisdiction and there are no fitness certificates in its possession. 

Meanwhile, the civic body has served notice to Kumaresh, who owns the adjacent plot, to stop construction activities on the site and has asked him to submit all necessary documents within 24 hours. 

BBMP officials have found in their preliminary investigation that the building's foundation was weak. Only three feet of soil was removed to lay its foundation, while no iron rods were used to raise the pillars. "The building had more floors than its actual capacity and the structure tilted as a result," said an official.