Bengaluru: At least three labourers have died in Bengaluru and one was critically injured after a five-storeyed under-construction building collapsed at Kasavanahalli's Sarjapur road in Bengaluru on Thursday.
Many people are feared to be trapped under the debris after the building collapsed, news agency ANI reported.
The people who were nearby started rescuing the labourers, while informing the rescue team.
Police and State Disaster Relief Force personnel are on the site rescuing those trapped. The building was located on Kasavanahalli on Central Jail Road near Haralur.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also joined the rescue operations.
The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital while rescue operations have been taken up on a war-footing.
"They had constructed five storeys in the building, but only three were sanctioned," Mayor Sampath Raj was reported as saying.
Police said the under construction building at Kasavanahalli suddenly collapsed about 3:30pm, trapping many.
Deputy commissioner of police of Whitefield division, Abdul Ahad said the building belonged to one Rafique from HSR Layout.
“We are gathering more information. It was developed to accommodate paying guests but later the owner tried to convert it into a commercial building,” he said.
The construction had started six years ago but was stopped midway. Six months ago, the construction began, the deputy commissioner added.
It is learnt that there were labourers from other states as well.
Mayor Sampath Raj said the building collapsed because of weak foundation.
“Rescue team is at work.... the rescuers have gone inside the building,” the Mayor added.
“We will initiate action against the owner and the contractor but our priority is to rescue people trapped under the debris,” the Mayor said.
"We are concentrating on the rescue operation. All aspects will be investigated and action will be taken against those responsible," Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George, who visited the site, said.
With inputs from PTI....