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A portion of an 82-year-old building near Natharsha dargah came down crashing

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A portion of an 82-year-old building adjacent to the Natharshah dargah near Madurai road here came down crashing late on Thursday night. No casualty or injury was reported. However, the incident has exposed the vulnerability of people residing next to century-old buildings in old Trichy and neighbouring areas.

Corporation sources said there were about 380 old buildings in different areas identified as unsafe and facing the threat of caving in any moment. The Trichy corporation earlier carried out a survey to identify the weak structures and found that as many as 398 buildings were unsafe. About 10 owners came forward to demolish their old buildings, aged between half-a-century and a century, near Khajapettai and Salai road. It was against this backdrop that the building’s balcony near Natharshah dargah caved in on Thursday night causing fresh alarm.

“The retaining wall along the balcony of the weak building near the dargah caved in. Fortunately, people were not standing under the structure. The civic body should identify such weak structures in other parts of the city to avert major mishaps,” a senior official with the fire service department said. Since the weak buildings, mostly built with limestone and mortar, identified by the corporation shared their walls with those adjacent to them, residents said an accident would jeopardize the safety of nearby buildings.

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