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Collapsed building 'was built in 10-12 days'

A residential building in Pune, India which collapsed on Monday was constructed in 10-12 days, DNA India reported this morning. It is said that concerns over the building - which was in the final stages of construction - were raised by officials who were examining whether it had been built without the necessary authorisation.

The four-storey structure killed eleven people and injured several more, said to all be construction workers sleeping onsite. DNA India quoted several local residents in their report this morning, the first of whom, Chaya Swami, stated: “We never saw any fault in the building but had seen a corporation notice that was pasted on the building. The building suddenly collapsed within seconds like a pack of cards. The building was built in 10 to 12 days.”

Later in the article, local resident Deepak Mane is quoted as saying: “One of the injured, Somnath Mali told me that he was trying to repair the pillars in the parking area that had cracked due to the weight of the four-storey building. This shows that the building was very weak. The civic body and the former ‘corporator’ who constructed the building are to be blamed for the deaths.”

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