What are the codes all about?
Codes versus guidelines: Codes are legally enforceable but guidelines are for designers and are not legally enforceable. India has neither a tall building code nor guidelines
Ensuring earthquake protection: There are a number of advanced technologies available in the world for protecting buildings from earthquakes – shock transmission devices, dampers, etc
Zero accountability: The Bureau of Indian Standards codes are for general buildings that are up to nine to 10 storeys high. While following an international code is fine, using the existing building code meant for 10 storeys is fundamentally wrong. Both cases offer zero accountability
Responsibilities of a developer: Any developer constructing a tall building has to submit a detailed plan of the project. He is also expected to carry out surveys such as wind load, earthquake load, environment impact, traffic impact etc
What is required: Awareness and updation of codes every two to three years. Public should also be made aware that even if the code prescribes that the building adheres to the lowest level, it can be designed to the next level