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MCD demolishes two buildings in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Two buildings in slums in north-west part of the capital were demolished Saturday by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), an official said.

‘After evacuating the people from the buildings, the MCD brought down two buildings in Shakurpur slums. While one of them had developed a tilt, the other was under construction,’ the MCD official said.

The move comes against the backdrop of the collapse of an illegal five-storey building in an east Delhi colony Monday that left 69 people dead and 82 injured, besides rendering many homeless.

Meanwhile, the combined teams of Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, and the MCD Saturday carried out joint extensive survey of the collapsed building at Lalita Park.

According to MCD spokesperson Deep Mathur, the teams also visited the other sealed and vacated building of the same builder.

‘The basement of the collapsed building was thoroughly de-watered today (Saturday) under the supervision of the experts. Much to the relief of the civic body, nobody was found in the basement as was being apprehended in some quarters,’ Mathur added.

He said the CBRI experts need a few more days to study the structural aspects of the collapsed, sealed and vacated buildings and 36 other sealed buildings at Lalita Park.

The team will then submit a report to the MCD, following which the civic body will take its action.

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