Un­safe Delhi build­ings to pay more charges for wa­ter and power

Accommodation Times - - Legal -

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.

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