Pune building collapse kills 10

PuneTen people were killed and several seriously injured after an under-construction building collapsed in Pune today.

The incident took place in Balewadi area when a construction slab, on the 14th floor of the under-construction tower of Pride Purple Constructions, collapsed. Thirteen labourers were on present on the 14th floor when the mishap took place.

All the workers fell in a heap below; eight of them died on spot.

“We have taken his incident very seriously. We shall order an inspection of all such construction sites now to ascertain whether they are employing adequate safety measures of the workers,” Pune Mayor Prashant Jagtap said.

The injured have been rushed to the hospital. Rescue operation is still underway.

It is not known whether the labourers were wearing safety harnesses while working at that height or why a safety net was not erected below to stop any casualties. Locals accused builders of violating construction norms.

Police have summoned the building contractor and the building owners for investigations into the case.

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