The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation issued a statement a day after the roof of a house collapsed and killed a 14-month-old toddler in the city.

Hyderabad has 457 dilapidated structures that could collapse says municipal bodyFile photo
news Civic Issues Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 09:37

A day after a 14-month-old toddler died in Hyderabad after the roof of his house collapsed in Sitaphalmandi, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) held a review meeting and stated that they had identified 457 dilapidated buildings within its limits.

GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore said that notices had already been issued and the residents have to evacuated and the property, must be seized.

Taking note of the 'unfortunate' death of the child due to the roof collapse, the Commissioner said that they had been pursuing the issue for sometime now and instructed officials to expedite the process.

"GHMC demolished 485 dilapidated buildings in 2016, 294 in 2017, 402 in 2018, in 176 as of July 2019," the municipal body stated in a press note.

Out of the 457 dilapidated buildings identified, the GHMC  said that 197 were in the Khairtabad zone, 122 were in the Charminar Zone, 104 in the Secunderabad Zone, 19 in the L B Nagar Zone, 8 in the Serilingampally zone and 7 in the Kukatpally Zone.

The incident which resulted in the death of the 14-month-old toddler, occurred on Sunday, when his family was asleep and his mother was also injured in the mishap. 

According to media reports, the roof was constructed with kiln lime mortar, and water had accumulated on the roof of the building, gradually seeping in, and weakening the structure.

Neighbours were the first to arrive on the scene and they pulled out the mother and the 14-month-old boy from the rubble after the roof caved in. While they were rushed to a local hospital, the toddler was declared brought dead.

The mother was later shifted to the state-run Gandhi Hospital and was discharged on Monday evening.

The Chilkalguda police registered a case under section 174 CrPC (Suspicious death) and said that further investigation was underway.   

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