NHRC wants govt report in a month

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Gujarat government to submit an action taken report within four weeks on the Madhavnagar twin building collapse incident that killed 11 and left about 450 families homeless.

The direction, issued by the Assistant Registrar (Law) of NHRC, comes through a letter written to the state government on December 27. These directions have been issued over a complaint filed by Vadodara Congress president Narendra Ravat.

In November, Ravat had lodged a complaint with the NHRC regarding the inaction in the case of the August 28 twin building collapse in Madhavnagar colony. In his complaint, Ravat said that no compensation was declared for affected and homeless families. They have been living in makeshift tents in absence of suitable rehabilitation.

"Hundreds lost jobs, children are not going to school and administration does not care to visit. There is no government enquiry report of the scam and the report on the inquiry into the incident has not been made public," Ravat's letter to NHRC dated November 1 stated.

The city Congress had also sent a memorandum to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, citing that the authorities are planning to mint more money out of the redevelopment in the PPP model, for which the work order was awarded to NA Constructions last month.

Chief Secretary Varesh Sinha was unavailable for comment despite several attempts. Two towers of Madhavnagar had crashed on August 28, killing 11 and injuring three. On September 28, two more towers partly collapsed.

However, no one was injured as they had been vacated earlier. In December, the VUDA authorities decided to award the bid for the redevelopment of Madhavnagar and Keshavnagar to NA Constructions.

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