[Photo: Debris of a 2 storey hotel that collapsed in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh leaving several dead. (ANI)]
The City Light Hotel building houses a cafeteria where people come for morning tea. Although the structure is decades old, the owner had made some cosmetic repairs to pass it off as new.
According to witnesses, a kitchen set up on the building-top for the Ramzan season might have added to the pressure leading to the collapse.
“Regardless of the notices issued, several old, dilapidated buildings are still in use,” minister Danam Nagendar said.
“We will see to it that such structures are razed.”
He added that a probe had been ordered into the City Light mishap.
Chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy is expected to visit the site and review rescue efforts.
Meanwhile, Opposition parties attacked the state government for what they called “inaction” on such structures in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
There are 57 dilapidated structures in Secunderabad of which 15 have been razed.