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Laxmi Na­gar is among the densely pop­u­lated and highly con­gested colonies of east Delhi com­pris­ing a large seg­ment of the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion. Sev­eral fast food restau­rants over here make it a risk-prone area in terms of fire out­breaks. Many lanes are less than nine me­tres in width. As per Build­ing Bye-Laws for Union Ter­ri­tory of Delhi, 1983, un­der ju­ris­dic­tion of Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, “the width of the main street on which the build­ing abuts shall not be less than nine me­tres.”

“Most of the build­ings here are of un­spec­i­fied di­men­sions with pro­jec­tions like bal­conies, open­ings for ACs, sign­boards and th­ese can be highly dan­ger­ous dur­ing nat­u­ral calami­ties and are likely to pre­vent of­fi­cials from car­ry­ing out rescue op­er­a­tions. This place is highly con­gested,” says a struc­tural engineer.

Many home­own­ers here have car­ried out ex­ten­sive con­struc­tion work on old struc­tures. Sin­gle-brick walls, ex­tended bal­conies and open­ings for win­dows and AC units in­crease the risk of a sud­den col­lapse. Some peo­ple have made can­tilever pro­jec­tions and built walls and col­umns on that and that too on the up­per floors, mak­ing the struc­tures un­sta­ble. The area of the base of a build­ing is also not aligned with other floors above, mak­ing the build­ings highly un­sta­ble. Nar­row lanes do not al­low en­try of ready-mix con­crete ve­hi­cles. As a re­sult, raw ma­te­ri­als are mixed man­u­ally lead­ing to poor con­struc­tion qual­ity.

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