NEW DELHI – Church leaders in India have slammed the Delhi civic agency for the collapse of a building which killed 61 people.

“It is a man-made calamity. The structure came up without any safety and security measures,” said Br Mani Mekkunnel, national secretary of the Conference of Religious India.

A four-storey building in Laxmi Nagar in the east of Delhi collapsed on Nov 15 injuring 80 people on top of the deaths.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) allows only three floors in a building in that area. However, construction of an illegal fifth floor was going on when the incident took place.

Br Mekkunnel said the incident shows total insensitivity towards human beings and demanded action on all such illegal structures in Delhi.

Father Babu Joseph, spokesperson of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, said, “It is a sad and horrible incident which happened because of human negligence.”

It should be a wake up call for the government and the public, he added.

Father Dominic Emmanuel, spokesperson of Delhi archdiocese, demanded a thorough inquiry into the incident.

MCD officials are “more interested in money and they don’t care about the lives of the people”, he said. The Delhi government should keep a check on the functioning of the MCD and other bodies, he added. • UCANews.COM

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