1 killed in building collapse in Imphal

1 killed in building collapse in Imphal
One killed and three hurt as brick railing of two-storey old building at crowded Imphal city collapsed on Friday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 10 | Publish Date: 5/10/2019 12:21:51 PM IST

One of the four pedestrians hit by the sudden collapse of portions of an old two-storey building in Imphal’s crowded Paona Bazar died on the way to hospital on Friday.

The yet to be identified pedestrian was declared brought dead by doctors on duty in Imphal’s RIMS hospital where he was rushed along with three wounded pedestrians including two women.

The deceased was hit by the collapsing debris of the brick railing of the age old building. Police has transferred the dead body at RIMS morgue for official identification.

The three wounded pedestrians were identified as Thounaojam Kishan (27), son of Th Kenjit of Mayang Imphal in Imphal West district;  Shangkhu Maring (40),  wife of Kodil Maring; and Moson Khungsil (55) wife of Moson Modul, both from Sadangsenba Maring village, Imphal East district.

The conditions of Kishan and Shangkhu who suffered fractures on legs and shoulders besides injuring other parts of the body were stated to be serious.

Reports said that the brick railing on the top of the single storey old building on the Paona side of the BT Road collapsed late in the afternoon, around 3.50 pm. 

The buildings  owned by Aheibam Dilip Singh and rented to one Sheetaljit Sharma who runs a shop dealing with shoe items.

Many pedestrians escaped unhurt in the tragic incident.

Soon after the tragedy, state MAHUD (municipal administration, housing and urban development) minister Th Shyamkumar rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation.

Later, talking to media at his office chamber, the minister said that the structure in which its brick railing collapsed on Friday was among more 50 years old buildings in the city which the owner re-painted only to make the building look new and avoid intervention by the concerned authority.

The minister claimed that the Imphal Municipal Corporation has been keeping special vigilance on  the old buildings in the city area,  but they were facing difficulties in identifying the old buildings of more than 50 years old as owners used to repaint after minor repairing.

The minister mulled identifying such old buildings in bad conditions with high tech methods and take up necessary steps to demolish them before such tragedy reoccur in future.

The minister, who is bound by Model Code of Conduct of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, further assured all possible assistants from state government side to the family of the deceased and injured persons as per government norms.


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