Buwelikada collapse: 5th floor not approved

2020-09-29 at 18:30


The Governor of the Central Province Lalith Gamage says the owner of the building that collapsed in Buwelikada, Kandy, was not granted clearance to construct a fifth floor.

Speaking at a media briefing today pertaining to the ongoing investigations, the Governor said the owner was granted approval to construct four floors.

Governor Gamage said inquiries are ongoing to determine if the foundation of the building met all criteria.

The Governor said legal action will be taken against all persons who have failed to meet stipulated guidelines when constructing buildings in the Province.

He said there are around five charges against the individual, adding that the file has now been directed to the Attorney General for legal action.

The Governor added it has been determined that the foundation was not able to bear the structure of the five storey building.

The five-storey building collapsed at dawn on the 20th of this month claiming the lives of a one-and-a-half-month-old infant and her parents.

Meanwhile, several investigations are currently underway pertaining to the incident while facts have also been presented in court over the building collapse.