Corpns want you to be­lieve all houses safe Mon­soon Sets In; EDMC, SDMC Find No Dan­ger­ous Build­ings

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Paras.Singh@ times­group.com New Delhi:

New Delhi: The spec­tre of di­lap­i­dated build­ings col­laps­ing due to rain is loom­ing large again, now that mon­soon has ar­rived. Quite sur­pris­ingly, east and south cor­po­ra­tions haven’t been able to find a sin­gle dan­ger­ous building in their ju­ris­dic­tion. The an­nual dan­ger­ous building sur­vey by the three civic bod­ies has iden­ti­fied 118 houses that are on the verge of col­lapse, al­most all of them be­ing in outer Delhi’s Narela zone un­der north cor­po­ra­tion.

“We have iden­ti­fied 111 such houses in Narela, two in Ro­hini zone, four in Karol Bagh zone and one in City-Sadar Pa­har­ganj zone,” said an of­fi­cial from the building de­part­ment of north cor­po­ra­tion, adding that most of the dan­ger­ous build­ings are in Khera Kalan vil­lage where peo­ple have re­fused to va­cate their premises.

While north cor­po­ra­tion sur­veyed over six lakh houses, the south and east civic bod­ies claim to hav­ing checked 9.38 lakh and 3.57 lakh houses, re­spec­tively. The sur­veys are in the final phase. The claims of only one dan­ger­ous building in densely-pop­u­lated ar­eas like Pa­har­ganj and Walled City, where such struc­tures are in abun­dance, and none in the ju­ris­dic­tion of east and south cor­po­ra­tions raises sus­pi­cion on the ef­fi­cacy of the sur­vey.

De­fend­ing the out­come of the sur­vey, a se­nior cor­po­ra­tion of­fi­cial said that ju­nior en­gi­neers who carry out these ex­er­cises rely on the ap­pear­ance of struc­tures

NGT bans ground­wa­ter ex­trac­tion by in­dus­tries

The Na­tional Green Tribunal has im­posed a ban on ex­trac­tion of ground­wa­ter by in­dus­tries en­gaged in sale of bot­tled water in Narela and Bawana in­dus­trial ar­eas. A bench headed by NGT Chair­per­son Jus­tice Adarsh Ku­mar Goel passed the or­der af­ter DJB in­formed it that per­mis­sion for ex­trac­tion of ground­wa­ter can­not be granted due to se­ri­ous de­ple­tion of water lev­els in the area. to clas­sify them as dan­ger­ous. “If the en­gi­neers see build­ings that are bent or show­ing cracks, then they in­spect the struc­ture from the in­side. A no­tice is given to the owner to get the building re­paired. If they don’t com­ply, the cor­po­ra­tion de­mol­ishes the struc­ture,” the of­fi­cial added.

The chair­man of Fed­er­a­tion of GK-II RWAs and Con­fed­er­a­tion of NCR RWAs, Chetan Sharma, clai-

De­fend­ing the out­come of the sur­vey, a se­nior cor­po­ra­tion of­fi­cial said that ju­nior en­gi­neers who carry out these ex­er­cises rely on the ap­pear­ance of struc­tures to clas­sify them as dan­ger­ous

med that the sur­vey report is nowhere close to re­al­ity. “Re­cently in GK-II, a building col­lapsed and a labourer died. The re­ports are fab­ri­cated and not cred­i­ble at all,” he added. For the past sev­eral years, RWAs have been de­mand­ing that the an­nual sur­vey should be con­ducted us­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Each year, the cap­i­tal wit­nesses col­lapse of sev­eral build­ings that claim many lives. In Novem­ber 2010, a five-storeyed building col­lapsed in Lalita Park killing 70 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 77 oth­ers. A decade on, de­spite the dis­as­ter be­ing of such mag­ni­tude, it in­vited a fine of just Rs 21,000 on the ju­nior en­gi­neer.

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