Unsafe Delhi buildings to pay more charges for water and power
The Delhi government has decided to follow the example of Hyderabad and Greater Noida for acting against constructions that violate the building bylaws as well as fire and structural safety norms. It is looking at hiking the monthly water and power tariff of the owners of such properties.
The chief secretary has issued directions for putting together techno-legal provisions similar to those of Hyderabad and Greater Noida. Srivastava has also directed the corporations to issue notices informing the public about earthquakeprone areas. The notices will also make it clear those building owners who don’t follow the hazard safety provisions of the bylaws will be held responsible for any untoward incident. The corporation has told the government that it is in the process of initiating action against defaulters. Senior officials feel the need for categorizing residential colonies on the basis of structural vulnerability through visual surveys and safety audits. Over 1,950 people lost their lives in fires in the capital between 2007 and 2012. The city’s vulnerability on account of poor structural safety norms comes through in the data with the Delhi government. Nearly one lakh blazes have been reported since 2007 and over 11,000 were injured. In 2013 alone, 93 structures collapsed and 64 factory fires were reported. These incidents claimed 42 lives and left 194 people injured.