Private builders not only in Delhi NCR but all over the country are openly flouting all building bye laws and regulations and are the most risk prone, in case of earth quake. These builders are also constucting illegal construction, without checking the quality of material, that have come up in Delhi NCR and trans yamuna area of Delhi are vulnerable. In case of earth quake, if hit in Delhi NCR, trans yamuna area and Noida area would be worst effected because it has alluvial soil conditions.

Due to shortage of land, now, Delhi builders are constructing high rise appartments, they are in competition to raise maximum hights, but none of the builder are following strict safety norms. The Union Urban Development Ministry, which overseas infrasrtucture and housing development all over the country has not done much in the interest of the property buyers, inspite of the Bhuj ( Gujrat ) major earth quake in 2001.

The Union Urban Development Ministry has to formed a regulatory authority for construction activity in the country to protect the interest of the consumers and make available guarantees / warantees on the houses/ flats they buy from the builder. The proposed proposal not only regulate construction work but also look other issues related to licensing regime for those engaged in construction work. It will also lay down performance standards for buildings and other infrastructure. The authority will be empowered to ensure that buildings and other structure conform to pre dtermined performance standards. The regulatory authority will also promote consumer awareness and competitiveness of builders. The legislation will also look at the issue of improving the skills of the workforce engaged in construction activity and create appropriate licensing mechanism for them, this will also include training and certification for the construction workers which is being done by the ITI's.

In Delhi, the MCD, who monitor building bye laws, recently issued a notification that in future all builders has to take structural safety certificate from registered and approaved engineer, this requirement is to make accountability on builder. According to Mr Anand Pal a retired civil engineer from RITES, says old buildings in authorised colony are much safer than new building, because of many reasons, in olden days builders are more cautious about the quality of material and construction are made as per building plan, the owners are allowed to move in only after proper checked. However, recent flats or house constructed by corrupt builders, who construct buildings without following CPWD specifications and even not bothered about the quality of material, and the builder are also not taking any pains to test these material from the trusted lab.

In Urban area the situation is more bad, because urban villages are kept out of the purview of building bye laws, there is no check on construction, without taking any permition from the concerned authority the builder construct the building, as the authority doesn't provide any services in them, some greedy builders purchase such property from the villagers and construct four to five floor illegally without taking any consideration of human life and then sell to common man at a high price. This illegal sale and purchase are taking place wihout any check, consumers are advice not to invest in such properties, as there property as well money is not safe.

Central Chronicle - Madhya Pradesh's News Portal


An very important aspect on which most buyers r completely ignorant, with Builders exploiting the situation due to lax rules ( if, there r any ) & rampant corruption .

Earthquake resistance of a structure, quality of materials being used, soil conditions r some very basics, the buyer should be aware on . A regulatory authority is very much required here . Some unscrupulous Builders may be risking lives of 1000's of people, to make some more money .
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  • is High rise safe always ?
  • Originally Posted by rameshh
    is High rise safe always ?

    Low rise are safer than high rise
  • No High Rise are usually safer, however builder made things and India ...nothing can be gurrantted
  • in what sense they are not safer ?

    only when earth quakes come ? which is a very rare incident
  • Originally Posted by rameshh
    in what sense they are not safer ?

    only when earth quakes come ? which is a very rare incident

    But this rare thing is very devastating
  • Hummmmm Guys there is assessment threats vs frequency and possibilites let me explain it in simple words.

    If any aircraft started from T3, heading to bhopal it takes turn near badarpur and crashes due to engine faliure it will hit Gfbd apartment , say your flat, will you be able to survive, at all? ANSWER IS NO.....but what is the possibility of such incident .....might be less than ....0.0000001%

    However if you taking shower and sliped in washroom and broke ur head (head injury fatal type) .....what are the chances and probability !!! Chances are very high here, but survival chances are equally good, as in later case frequency or possibilites are less than 0.000001% but the survival chances are almost nil.

    So earthquake if it comes more than 7 only than it will demolish buildings be t high rise or low rise or single story makaan. so its a myth that high rise are not safe, infact google it, high rise are safter than ordinary makaans any day.
  • Bhuj is quite far from Ahmadabad.
    (Almost same distance as foothills of Himalayas to Delhi).

    After the quake only the high rises fell and not a single low rise.

    The kind of material builders use is a sure shot recipe of disaster even if a mild earthquake hits NCR.
  • High rise high risk

    The higher you go,the harder you fall.
    This principle may be applicable if the builder uses substandard material.There may be no real check on the builder.
    But buying a high rise from a reputed and established builder may be safe enough from construction strength angle and adherence to appropriate ISO standards as applicable to seismic zones.
    Delhi falls under zone (IV). Seismicity around Delhi appears to be associated with a major geological structure, known as the Delhi-Hardwar Ridge.