Look out for signs of build­ing col­lapse: TMC to res­i­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Cracks de­vel­op­ing in the build­ing walls, cracks in the beam, bend­ing of the steel beams and the crack­ing of win­dow panes are some of the signs that the build­ing might be un­safe.

The guide­lines to know the time to carry out the struc­tural au­dit of the build­ing are is­sued by the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion. More­over, the guide­lines will be spread among the masses by the school­child­ren. While it is manda­tory to carry out the struc­tural au­dit of 30 years old build­ings, many build­ings reach the dan­ger­ous sta­tus be­fore the 30 years mark.

A TMC of­fi­cial said, “If res­i­dents can iden­tify the signs that the build­ing is weak, they can carry out a struc­tural au­dit in time. We will pub­lish the signs so that peo­ple are aware.”

Most dan­ger­ous build­ings de­velop cracks in walls, the con­crete on the pil­lars swells or even peel off, ex­pos­ing the steel. If the build­ing is dan­ger­ous, the steel may ap­pear bend or have cracks. The frames of the win­dows or doors might bend, the win­dow panes might crack or there will be an un­usual gap be­tween the door frame and the door.

The of­fi­cial added, “The ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment has roped in mu­nic­i­pal school­child­ren to cre­ate aware­ness among res­i­dents. If stu­dents per­suade par­ents to get build­ing au­dited, they will be more will­ing to do it. We will ed­u­cate stu­dents to iden­tify dan­ger­ous build­ings and ex­plain them the dan­ger­ous of liv­ing in such build­ings.” Gaibi Na­gar area in Bhi­wandi where a build­ing col­lapsed re­cently.

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