A six-storey building at Gulshan tilt on Saturday morning following a land collapse during pile-driving work in an adjacent plot, raising the fear that yet another building might collapse in the capital, following several such incidents taking place in the past few weeks.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha however said the tilt building having 15 apartments was still ‘risk-free’.
The building, Sun Classic, at Plot 7 in Road 101 tilt ‘slightly’ at around 9:00am after a land collapse had taken place during pile-driving work for an under-construction building at Plot 6, said Sun Classic Flat Owners’ Association president Rahim Chowdhury.
The residents of the 15-flat Sun Classic owned by Incepta Pharmaceuticals Limited have been asked to evacuate immediately, he said.
Rajuk chairman Mohammad Nurul Huda visited the spot soon after the incident had taken place.
Faruq Ahmed, an official of Dom-Inno, the developer of the under-construction building at Plot 6, claimed, ‘As water was oozing out of the faulty sewerage lines of Sun Classic, it caused the land collapse during our pile-driving work.’
‘The Rajuk chairman ordered us to fill the collapsed place with earth. The work is going on as per his directive,’ he said.
The Rajuk chairman told reporters that Sun Classic was still out of risk.
He told New Age they would file a case against Dom-Inno as its authorities had not taken enough precautionary measures for avoiding any damage to two adjacent buildings.
‘Sheet-piling of the under-construction building was not done properly. I have ordered the real estate company to take measures, including filling of the collapsed site with sand for ensuring protection of the nearby buildings,’ he said.
The real estate company has not done the pile-driving job properly to maximise its profit, he observed.
Gulshan police station officer-in-charge Shah Alam said a process was underway to hold negotiations between the owners of the two buildings to resolve the crisis caused by the tilt.
Police and Fire Service and Civil Defence sources however said the building tilt due to weak piling and faulty design.
Fire service officials said they had evacuated the residents of the tilt building.
Residents of the other adjacent building were also evacuated to avoid any untoward incident, said sub-inspector Apurbo Sarcar of Gulshan police station.
The boundary walls of the buildings also collapsed, he said.
The police filed a general diary in this connection.
-With New Age input