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Did this building collapse because of breaking a pillar as part of renovation? Not really

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A social media post accompanying a video of a building collapse is being shared with a claim that a person in Bangalore broke a pillar as part of renovation which resulted in the collapse of the building. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

Claim: A person in Bangalore broke a pillar as part of renovation which resulted in the collapse of the building.

Fact: The video shows a building collapse in the Kasturi Nagar area of Bengaluru. the building developed cracks and tilted a few days back. BBMP officials had evacuated the building and the occupants of the surrounding building to safe places. And eventually the building collapsed on itself on 07 October 2021 and no casualties were reported. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

Google search with relevant keywords yielded multiple news stories which reported the same video of a building collapse. As per one such report, the video shows a three-storey building collapse in the Kasturi Nagar area of Bengaluru.

As per the news reports, the building developed cracks and tilted a few days back, and the residents of the building informed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) about this. Sensing the danger, the BBMP officials had evacuated the building and the occupants of the surrounding buildings to safe places and were planning to demolish the building with help from the Bengaluru City Police and Fire and Emergency Services. However, the building collapsed by itself on 07 October 2021 and no casualties were reported.

Further, the article reported that “the building plan was approved in 2012-13 for building ground plus two floors. However, the builder violated the sanctioned plan by building three floors and was building a penthouse illegally.”

This is not the only incident of building collapse in Bengaluru in recent times. As reported in this news article, at least five buildings have collapsed in Bengaluru in the last three weeks alone. ‘While most of these buildings are old, some of them are new buildings which are apparently now weak and built without following due procedure’, reported the article. Another news article that reported the series of collapses in Bengaluru can be read here.

To sum it up, this building in Bangalore did not collapse because of breaking a pillar as part of a renovation.

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