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Steps taken by Gujarat Government in the wake of unfortunate collapse of 2 buildings in Vadodara

In the wake of the unfortunate incident of the collapse of two buildings in Vadodara, the Gujarat Government has announced a comprehensive inquiry and rushed a team of experts on the spot. Rs. 2 lakh relief was announced for the kin of the deceased. Chief Minister Shri Modi is closely monitoring the rescues operations.

The other steps taken by the state Government are:

  • Inquiry under Ms. Manjula Subramaniam, a retired IAS officer who has previously served as Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary Urban Development and Vigilance Commissioner, Government of Gujarat.
  • Experts from the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA); Institute of Seismological Research, Gandhinagar (ISR); Gujarat Engineering Research Institute, Vadodara (GERI) and Road & Building Department, Government of Gujarat are collectively doing testing and finding out the reasons behind the unfortunate collapse.
  • Material from collapsed building will be tested to decipher the cause of the collapse.
  • Experts are deciphering if liquefaction effect had any role in this collapse.
  • People have been evacuated from adjoining buildings to further minimize any scope of losses. Non destructive testing for structure stability is going on there.
  • Finance Minister & Guardian Minister of Vadodara District Shri Nitinbhai Patel and Energy Minister Saurabhbhai Patel are present in Vadodara.
  • The buildings have been built between 1999 and 2001.
  • It may be noted that Vadodara has received 120% excess of the average rainfall this year. It is being explored in this and water logging is a cause behind the collapse.
  • 500 people from NDRF, local fire services and EME are involved in the rescue operations.
  • 9 people have lost their lives and 5 lives have been saved. Rescue operations will be completed very soon.
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