THOU­SANDS OF LIVES COULD BE AT RISK

How safe is the build­ing you live in? If your de­vel­oper does not have a com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate, you have rea­son to worry

HT Estates - - Front Page - Jee­van Prakash Sharma

Is your apart­ment block safe to live in? You may think it is, but you could be wrong. Take this re­cent case in which a mid­dle-aged women and her chil­dren had a mirac­u­lous es­cape in Ghaziabad. The mo­ment they stepped off the lift in their multi-sto­ried build­ing, it went crash­ing down. There have been a few such cases in Gur­gaon, too, which point to a re­ally grave sit­u­a­tion in our hous­ing so­ci­eties. The lives of thou­sands liv­ing in multi-storeyed apart­ments in Delhi NCR are at risk as their de­vel­op­ers have not thought it nec­es­sary to get a com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates. This doc­u­ment not only en­sures that fa­cil­i­ties such as the fire­fight­sys­tem, lift, wa­ter sup­ply, sewage, park­ing, wa­ter har­vest­ing etc are in place, but it can also re­veal FAR (floor area ra­tio) and other vi­o­la­tions.

Res­i­dent wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tions (RWAs) of builder apart­ments in Ghaziabad and Noida have been com­plain­ing to their re­spec­tive de­vel­op­ment au­thor­i­ties about the lack of var­i­ous safety mea­sures and civic ameni­ties. Most of the prob­lems, the RWAs com­plain, stem from the fact that some de­vel­op­ers have not got com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates be­fore giv­ing pos­ses­sion. Un­able to take re­course to any ac­tion, apart­ment own­ers, too, are left with no op­tion but to take pos­ses­sion be­fore the au­thor­i­ties can do a safety as­sess­ment of the build­ing.

Says P C Sing­hal, pres­i­dent of an RWA in Indi­ra­pu­ram, “When a de­vel­oper gets his plan to con­struct a multi-storeyed apart­ment sanc­tioned from the author­ity con­cerned, no one keeps a check on the qual­ity of con­struc­tion till the build­ing is ready for oc­cu­pa­tion. The de­vel­oper is free to use what­ever build­ing ma­te­rial he wants.”

Once the build­ing ‘is ready’, the le­gal pro­vi­sion in the Ut­tar Pradesh Apart­ment (Pro­mo­tion of Con­struc­tion, Own­er­ship and Main­te­nance) Act 2010 makes it manda­tory for a de­vel­oper to take a com­ple­tion/oc­cu­pancy cer­tifi­cate from the con­cerned author­ity. But in­stead of do­ing that, many de­vel­op­ers ig­nore the pro­vi­sion with the tacit ap­proval of the au­thor­i­ties, al­leges Sing­hal.

“Many prom­i­nent de­vel­op­ers have con­structed more

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