A portion of a building in Customs Colony at Porvorim collapsed on Saturday evening. Fortunately there were no casualties as the family living in the collapsed portion had shifted to another flat barely a month ago.
Three families occupying flats in other portions of the building were immediately shifted to alternate flats in the same colony.
The two storeyed building was constructed about 27 years ago and for the last two years no maintenance whatsoever has been done of the buildings in the colony complained the residents therein.
Residents stated that though they had complained to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) about the deteriorating condition of the buildings, no action has been taken as yet.
However, according to J P Hiraker of the CPWD, his department had two years ago prepared the estimates for repairs of the buildings in the colony however, the Commissioner of Customs has not given his approval for the same and therefore the repair works could not commence.