Heart-rending incidents of failing structures leading to immense loss of human lives are on the rise. In Mumbai alone, there are reports of a major building collapse every few weeks. Recently more than 40 people were trapped in the collapse of a threestorey building in south Mumbai. Research reveals that about 500 buildings in the city are similarly vulnerable.
While we are progressing at a fast pace, structural safety concerns of buildings are getting less and less attention, it seems. Buildings are collapsing even due to rain! At least 17 persons were killed when recently in Coimbatore, heavy downpour led to the final collapse of few already structurally weak houses.
In most parts of the country