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Collapsed Kandy building not conforming to standards

NBRO says in preliminary report

An investigation carried out by the National Building Research Organisation has confirmed that certain constructions in the collapsed five-storied building at Bowelikada, Kandy are substandard, Central Province Governor Lalith U. Gamage said.

The five-storied building caved in and collapsed on to a house in Buwelikada in Kandy, early morning on September 20 killing a young couple and their baby daughter.

The Governor said that the NBRO had handed a 21 page preliminary report in this regard to him.

The NBRO had carried out inspections on samples taken from the collapsed building such as of wire, concrete and other material.

The governor said the report confirmed that following examination of the material of the collapsed building there were issues with the quality of the construction. The Governor said that the Building Research Institute has informed that all parts should be inspected in order to submit a detailed report on the quality of the five-storey building.

He said that such a detailed report will be prepared in the future.

Meanwhile, the Central Province Governor Lalith Gamage also said that the cost to remove the rubble of the collapsed building could amount to Rs. 2.8 million for the state. He said that as the owner of the building has been remanded, the removal of the rubble has to be done with the intervention of the government and discussions are underway to find the money for the task.