Over 400 houses at Marredpally on verge of collapse
Over 400 houses at Marredpally on verge of collapse, AP Housing Board. The officials mentioned that all those structures needed to be reviewed for their structural stability and alternative arrangements must be made for the residents living there for decades.
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The city is not alienated to incidents like building collapses, and many a time mishaps like City Light Hotel fail to send across a warning message. More deplorable is the plight of many residents of West Marredpally. On Tuesday evening, two houses at the AP Housing Board collapsed due to the unexpected hailstorm. The houses were more than 100 years old. Another structure housing a kirana shop is on the verge of collapse. The police have instructed the shop owner against entering the premises as it could be fatal.
Post the incident, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials visited the spot and reviewed the buildings and held discussions with the inmates. The residents then stated that there were more than 400 such houses which were on the verge of collapse, under the administration of the AP Housing Board.
The officials mentioned that all those structures needed to be reviewed for their structural stability and alternative arrangements must be made for the residents living there for decades.
Talking about the incident, G Ashok (55), a tailor whose house collapsed, said, “In an hour, the entire house collapsed right before our eyes. Four tailoring machines and stitched clothes worth around Rs 2 lakh were destroyed. We were paying a rent of Rs 4 per month to the housing board every month. We made a request to the housing board authorities to repair the houses several times, but nothing was done. I have three married daughters and one son who is pursuing MBA. I do not know how to survive. We request the authorities to do the needful as we have lost everything.”
Hussain, the inmate of the other collapsed structure, used to run a chicken shop in the premises. He said, “I lost live birds and my other possessions. I was out of the shop when it collapsed. Now I have to live on the streets as my livelihood is lost.”
T Krishan and Sashikala, inmates of the kirana shop for 50 years, adjoining the collapsed structures, said, “Our house will collapse any moment as the walls have cracked. We were asked by the police not to enter the shop. Materials worth Rs 50,000 are present inside the shop. We have been paying a rent of Rs 11 per month to the housing board for a long time. Our requests to the board to repair the premises did not yield any results.”