Some of the residents of Bengaluru’s Coles Park area were rudely awoken in the early hours of Thursday morning when a portion of their house collapsed.
Residents alleged that a Prestige Group under-construction apartment complex in the vicinity of their houses was responsible for the damage to their houses.
Prestige's project -Deja Vu is on Promenade road and construction work is ongoing. According to Prestige's website, "Perched in the centre of such beauty & conveniences is Prestige Deja Vu - 40 sprawling apartments spanning 21 floors, with 3 & 4 bedroom apartments."
Prestige could not be contacted despite repeated calls to the number provided on the company’s website.
Following the development, Bengaluru police evacuated the residents of two houses which are majorly damaged, a total of five houses were affected.
Rahmatullah, one of the residents told The News Minute that the rear portion of his house crumbled. "Five houses, behind which the construction is taking place, have been affected. Large cracks had developed on the walls. The rear portion of my house fell around 5:30 am," said Rahmatullah.
Bharati Nagar police inspector Veeranna said that police had begun to evacuate the residents of the worst affected houses. “Four buildings are affected but two families, who needed immediate help are being evacuated. The Prestige group officials are arranging for alternate accommodation," he said.
Following the evacuation of Coles Park residents, BBMP filed a complaint at Bharathi Nagar Police Station against the builder for violating provisions of building by-laws, reported The Hindu.
The case was registered under Section 427 of IPC (mischief causing damage to property).
BBMP has issued a notice to the Prestige Group directing them to stop construction until the structural stability of the area is assessed by the officials. The corporation has also sought for technical reports on the construction and asked the builder to produce the sanction plans.
Chairman and Managing Director, Prestige Group, Irfan Razack in a statement, however, attributed the damage to the incessant rains and clayey soil.
He said, “We have promised alternate accommodation to the residents till retaining walls are built and the area is safe. We have promised to rehabilitate and rebuild whatever damage has been caused owing to this construction activity.”