Buildings with more than prescribed height under MCD scanner
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 22:10
New Delhi: Buildings having more than the prescribed height in approved, unauthorised and unauthorised regularised residential colonies in the capital will come under scanner of MCD which has swung into action after a house with illegal floors collapsed in east Delhi.

Municipal Commissioner K S Mehra said during the ongoing survey being undertaken by the MCD the height of buildings in approved, unauthorised and unauthorised regularised residential colonies will be checked.

In many areas, structures of more than 15 m in height are not allowed according to Master Plan for Delhi (MPD) and buildings which have been constructed violating this norm may face action.

MCD Standing Committee Chairman Yogender Chandolia said Illegal floors in such buildings "may be demolished" too.

Mehra said experts of Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), who had collected samples from the collapsed house in Lalita Park in Laxmi Nagar and inspected other constructions in the area, will get back to the MCD which will take the necessary action, including retrofitting of the buildings as per CBRI guidance.

The survey will be later extended throughout Delhi to identify "dangerous buildings" and necessary action will be taken to ensure structural stability.

The MCD seemed to be in two minds on whether the cost of retrofitting and other such measures will be on the property owners or the civic body.

While Mehra said property owners may be asked to bear the expenses but a final decision is yet to be taken, Chandolia maintained that the corporation may pay the costs.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the MCD Standing Committee today had to be adjourned half-way after the opposition Congress caused a ruckus over the "delay" in submitting the report of the Chief Vigilance Officer who was asked by MCD to probe the incident of collapse that took place on November 15 and had left 70 people dead.

Mehra said CVO has sought more time to complete the probe as there are "complex issues" involved and he needs to go through the relevant documents seized by him.

Chandolia also said basements should be banned in areas near the Yamuna so that water cannot be accumulated there. One of the reasons of the Lalita Park building collapse was suspected to be accumulation of water in the basement which weakened the foundation.


First Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 22:10

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