Quality not important
As no re gulation or rule in the real estate sector recommends checks on quality of material used for construction of buildings, lakhs of lives in India are at risk in dangerous and unsafe buildings dotting our cities and towns.
Thanks to authorities tur ning a blind eye to quality of construction material, often, builders save money by using substandard iron and cement. What is a matter of grave concern is that the biggest compromises are made in use of concrete. The quality recommended is of the strength of M40, M35 and M30. Concrete comes from ready mix plants and in some cases these are located onsite. However, there is no quality control that takes place in 90% of these plants. If samples were to be tested in most sites the quality used would be M15, say structural engineers. There are specific codes in place that state what quality concrete is to be used for columns and sheer walls and for beams and slabs.
The second issue is that of l icensed structural engineers. While there is a Council of Architects that issues licenses to architects, there is no nodal body such as a council of structural engineers that can issue licenses to them. The practice is not regulated. So, anybody who has a degree in civil engineering can design a building. There is also no fear of getting one’s license terminated in case a building were to crash due to faulty design of the structure.
To reduce costs, most developers hire low-rung engineers. Many architects offer services for inhouse structural designs – something they should not be doing.