Old commercial building collapses on Big Bazaar Street

Updated - November 17, 2015 08:08 am IST

Published - November 17, 2015 12:00 am IST - COIMBATORE:

COIMBATORE, TAMIL NADU, 16/11/2015: 
The building that collapsed at Big Bazaar Street in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, November 16, 2015. 
Photo:S. Siva Saravanan.

COIMBATORE, TAMIL NADU, 16/11/2015: 
The building that collapsed at Big Bazaar Street in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, November 16, 2015. 
Photo:S. Siva Saravanan.

A major portion of a 50-year-old two-storied commercial building on a lane between Oppanakkara Street and Big Bazaar Street in the city collapsed during the early hours of Monday.

The wall of a nearby commercial complex was also damaged in the impact.

According to police sources, none was killed or injured.

Police said that many persons would have got killed if the building had collapsed a couple of hours, when the business would have resumed for the day.

The building owner Habib Rahman constructed the first floor with metal sheet roofing only less than a year ago. The ground floor had a fancy store and the first floor was used as a store-room for readymade garments and shoes.

According to the police, preliminary inquiry revealed the old building could have collapsed as it could not bear the weight on the first floor. The portion damaged was around 2,000 sq.ft. While value of goods damaged was yet to be ascertained.

Entry of vehicles on the one-way from Big Bazaar Street to Oppanakara Street was blocked till Monday evening until the debris was removed. Corporation workers, an earth mover and trucks were deployed for clearing the debris.

The traders mobilised manpower to retrieve bundles of dresses which were not damaged in the incident.

Mayor P. Rajkumar visited the place and supervised the works. Ukkadam Police and Corporation officials conducted inquiries on the incident.

Meanwhile, an official of Coimbatore Corporation said that it would issue notice to the building owner to demolish the structure and construct it only after getting the required approvals.

It was an old building that did not have any approval and a temporary shed was put up on the first floor.

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