Debris cab clearly seen over servant quarters of the Ice Skating rink

Building demolition gone wrong: damages heritage Shimla Ice Skating club, 1 injured

Shimla, June 17

In a turn of events, the deserted Rivoli Cinema building, which was undergoing demolition by a private contractor, collapsed unexpectedly, causing significant damage to the nearby Heritage Ice Skating club and posing a serious risk to attendees of an ongoing entertainment fair (Mela). The building was ordered to be demolished about 3 years before by the MC Shimla, and this work was being carried by a private contractor.

The incident occurred when a portion of the debris from the collapsed building fell onto the grounds of the Ice Skating club, causing destruction to vital infrastructure. Reports indicate that the water tank, sheds, and servant quarters of the club were damaged by the debris. Fortunately, only one labour worker sustained injuries in the incident, informed Manpreet Singh, Secretary of the Simla Ice Skating club.

Meanwhile, most in neighbourhood expressed concerns about the demolition process  ordered by MC Shimla authorities. They emphasized that the unscientific manner in which the building demolition was carried out has raised questions about the safety protocols followed during the task. Furthermore, they drew attention to the fact that the demolished building was situated directly above a major construction site for the development of a lift connecting the Ice Skating rink to Ridge. Numerous heavy machinery and equipment were being utilized for this project.

Local shopkeepers in the vicinity reported that the demolition process was being conducted without proper adherence to safety standards, heightening concerns about the overall safety of the area. The collapse of the building, which occurred in close proximity to the ongoing entertainment fair, potentially endangered the lives of the fair’s laborers who were residing in the vicinity.

Authorities have initiated an investigation into the incident, focusing on the demolition procedures employed and the adherence to safety protocols. Even though in this case the demolition was being done by a private contractor, but the MC Shimla authorities are expected to face scrutiny regarding their responsibility in ensuring the safety of both the demolition process and the neighbouring establishments.

As the extent of the damages is assessed, efforts will be made to restore the Ice Skating club to its operational state and provide necessary support to those affected by the incident. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the critical importance of proper safety measures during construction and demolition activities to prevent such mishaps in the future.


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