A newly built five-floor building accommodating a popular textile and jewellery shop in Ramnagar of Musheerabad tilted on one side, raising suspicions of substandard quality of construction and improper foundation.
Soon after noticing that the building had slanted, the owner closed the shop on the ground and two floors, while hundreds of residents of the locality thronged to it to see what had happened. Owned by a businessman, Vijay Kumar, the commercial building with ground plus five floors was built three months ago with a 20 feet structure facing the road.
People of the locality and occupants of neighbouring residential and commercial buildings were worried about the slanting building damaging theirs. The GHMC authorities examined the building and issued notices to its owners.
For over three decades, a textile shop was being run there. “There are scores of regular customers coming to the shop from this area and surrounding localities. Many of them came over to find out what went wrong,” a resident said.
While the GHMC authorities began an inquiry into the construction of the building, speculation was rife as to what led to the tilting of the building. A local businessman observed that a slab of the building was extended beyond the pillars from the first to the fifth floor.
The building tilted on the side on which the slab was extended.
A generator was reportedly installed on the top floor of the building.