YEREVAN, October 25. / ARKA /. The construction of a building in Yerevan that collapsed today injuring 11 workers, was illegal as the developer company did not have permission, Artur Gevorkyan, head of Yerevan municipality press office said.
According to Armenian emergencies ministry, the upper floor of a three-storey building under construction in downtown Yerevan collapsed Thursday at about 1 pm injuring 11 workers.
Armenian Rescue Service spokesman Nikolay Grigoryan said eight of them were hospitalized. He said ther condition of two was assessed by doctors as “heavy”.
Artur Gevorkyan said the permit for the construction of the building was awarded to the developer in 2009, but the construction was not completed by the date specified in the permit. As a result the developer was fined 2 million drams.
"After that the company had to turn to the municipality to get a new permit to continue the construction, but it did not, “ he said.
According to Gevorgyan, the permission was granted to "Children's Entertainment Center" and "Lena Tovmasyan" companies, while the construction was carried out by LLC "Chilingaryan Design Construction."
In the meantime Armenia’s health ministry unveiled the names of injured workers; they are Kamo Gharamanyan (50), Arman Ghazaryan (40), Arman Grigoryan (25), Arsen Hayrapetyan (30), Edik Sukiasyan (30), Robert Arakelyan (53), as well as Nahapet Badalyan, Volodya Matevosyan and Sirak Tovmasian.
Doctors said Arsen Hayrapetian’s condition is very serious. -0-