The fate of the second building on the collapse site will be decided only after the one-man commission completes its inquiry into the accident.

The Public Works Department (PWD) has already declared the 35-metre-tall building ‘structurally unstable’ and recommended the structure be cordoned off. They have also evacuated residents living up to 50 metres from the collapse site. Sources from the revenue administration department said the building site has been handed over to the police.

Retired High Court judge R. Reghupathy of the one-man commission is expected to begin inquiry at the site in the next few days.

Various departments involved in the disaster management and mitigation process will submit their reports to the commission.

The findings of PWD and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority will also be scrutinised by the commission, after which a decision will be taken about the other building on the site, said a revenue official.

However, some sources hinted the demolition of the second structure is imminent.

Meanwhile, residents of Rajarajan Nagar Extension First Street have submitted memorandums seeking compensation. S. Abdul Khader, whose house is among the badly-damaged ones, said he has to find funding to pay back the advance to his tenants who want to vacate in the aftermath of the accident.

Kancheepuram collector K. Baskaran has assured residents of appropriate action.

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