Demolition of Moulivakkam building postponed again

Demolition of Moulivakkam building postponed again

Demolition of a 11-storey building at a site at Moulivakkam in Chennai, where another multi-storied structure collapsed in 2014, has been put on hold once again.

The State Government in its submission to the Madras High Court had said that the building would be demolished before September 30. But on Friday, there was no activity at the site. It is learnt that the demolition has been postponed due to technical reasons.

It was after a slight drizzle on June 28, 2014 that its under-construction twin tower collapsed, claiming 61 lives and injuring 27 persons.

Tirupur-based Maglink Infra Project Limited, which was awarded the contract by Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to bring down the building has been carrying out the work for the past two months and the revenue, police, Public Works Department and the CMDA had been deputed to oversee the demolition.

CMDA authorities inspected the nearby buildings regarding their strength and to mark the damages that were already present. The inspection was done to evaluate the damage the demolition act might cause to the nearby structures and to compensate them in case of damage.

Facilities for the residents who are to be evacuated at the time of destruction were also being made by the officials.