Most buildings in the area are on government land
The three-storey building that collapsed after the twin blasts — apparently due to LPG leakage — was an illegal structure without any plan sanction. Moreover, it was constructed with hollow bricks and had no columns. Further, it appears that most buildings in this area are on government land.
“It is unlikely that these buildings have any sanctioned plan. Also, most buildings in this thickly populated area are small plots; most are small homes with single rooms and asbestos roof,” said Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials, who visited the spot.
These buildings were constructed long ago when the area was still under the City Municipal Council. Surprisingly, the BBMP officials had no clue about the illegal chemical factory operating next to the building that collapsed. Conceding that it did not have a trade licence, the officials said they came to know of it only after local residents told them about it. “Neither the marriage hall nor the factory had trade licences,” an official admitted.
Kottegepalya Councillor Venkatesh Babu said: “The buildings are all constructed on government land. The residents settled here some 30 years ago and have no ownership over the land. This being the case, almost all buildings are illegal.”
Yashodhara, a factory employee and the brother of the victim Kavitha, has filed a complaint with the Kamakshipalya police against Srinivas Naidu, who owns the building that collapsed as well as the adjacent marriage hall. Sources said he is absconding. The Kamakshipalya police will charge him under the provisions of Indian Penal Code section 304A (death caused by negligence) as well as the Indian Explosive Substances Act 1908. Sources also said that initial investigations have revealed that Srinivas also owned the dyeing unit located on the first floor.