Urban debris1 min read . Updated: 16 Nov 2010, 09:14 PM IST
The collapse of a four-storey building in east Delhi was attributed to an “old" foundation, weakened by heavy rain and a swollen Yamuna. But the building was a mere 15 years old, and authorities glossed over the ongoing construction of an illegal extra floor. That omission is a reminder that at the heart of most of our infrastructure collapses is not the malevolent force of nature or insufficient materials, but brazen negligence. That emerged before the Commonwealth Games, but now it’s back to hurting those it always hurts: regular citizens, such as the ones killed in east Delhi.