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