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- Does everyone just wants to cut n paste info ? NO Discussions at all ?????
Are we so insensitive to grave tragedies like a building crash due to structural problems that none of the members think it worthwhile to discuss this ?
I am not looking for responses coz i started this thread. But with responses from learned members here would surely throw light on the depth of this issue and hopefully come up with some pragmatic solutions to avert future disasters.
Would really wish members interact and put their thoughts here instead of just cutting and pasting news articles from newspapers and websites. It is good to disseminate information, but would be much more worthwhile to put their own words here sometimes
Any opinions ?
- On Boriwali Massacre...
Hello members !!!
At times when India's infrastructure and real estate sector is earning global recognition, it's unfortunate to come across such tragedies.
Leave apart the financial numbers, we can't bear human loss this way.
The reactions and suggestions given by Mr Ram are insightful and practical.
What I personally find here is that it is the nexus between district administration, including municipal corporation, and builders which lays the foundation of such tragedies.
Nearly all government departments concerned with land records are prone to manipulation and escalations. Builders take permissions for 'ABC' and come up with 'XYZ'. So, who's going to check that and who's concerned at all ?
Most of the deadly alterations are done with basements and parking lots.
These spaces are either put to some commercial use, as what happened in Boriwali massacre, or converted into apartments on ground floor.
If someone had removed pillar or beam there at Boriwali building , it was purely a commercial matter, otherwise I don't think that anyone would take such drastic decision for the sake of interior decoration of one's home !!!
Again the root cause of the issue is the illegal allotment of space. It's crime!!!
Laws are there in place to rule out the possibilities of such mishaps, but then the populace also need to be aware and conscious.
The residents can always register their protest collectively or individually at Consumer Courts or Human Rights Commission, without waiting for someone else's reaction. After all, it is the matter of their lives.
I've seen that these are the authorities, on which common man can trust all the way. They take quick actions and the support of media is always there.
What you all say on this...?CommentQuote0Flag
I completely agree with what Vikram is saying. A lay man always looks up to the authorities and if they will cash in on our credibility, then who else to believe?
Illegal allotment of space and faulty repair work are primarily responsible for the destruction of Lakshmi Chaya Apartments in Mumbai. Our concerned authorities are more worried about hastily carrying out the construction with little regard for safety regulations.
Nowadays, money has been given more importance than the precious lives. Can the financial help extended by the government compensate for human loss?
Now, its high time the builders and authorities should take lesson from such tragedies and stop playing around with the structural part of the building for the sake of mere profits.
They must understand : LIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN DOLLARSCommentQuote0Flag
- Bill for Builders
Frnds .. hv a look... wht the govt has to say now........Prompted by the Laxmi Chhaya building collapse in Borivli, which killed 28 people on July 18, the state Urban Development Department has drafted a bill that will make it mandatory for developers to get a licence from the local civic body before undertaking construction.
Builders will be held legally accountable for poor construction or contravening building norms. Licenses will be handed out for a period of five years and will be revoked if norms are violated. Once the licence is canceled, the builder will be barred from any further construction in the state. Builders will lose their licenses if construction quality is poor, excess floor space index has been utilised or flats are handed over to buyers without occupation certificates.
The bill will require Cabinet approval before it is placed in the Legislature. The bill is presently with the Law and Judiciary Department for scrutiny. The Urban Development Department has also drafted a bill that will make structural audits of all buildings over 15 years old mandatory.
The government is setting up a panel of experts that will examine whether such buildings are habitable. Builders are likely to oppose the government's move, but even they agree that there must be a regulatory authority and licensing for developers should be on the basis of certain educational and financial norms. But the civic body is not equipped to exercise such powers. The bill is likely to be tabled in the Winter Session of the state Legislature.
We wonder how long we will remain subjects for experimentation......!!!CommentQuote0Flag
- Uhuh, and just how valid is this bill? It might be possible to get the bill via some under the table moolah... which would really not be surprising.CommentQuote0Flag