By Accommodation Times News Service
The government has decided to conduct a scientific audit of all cessed and dilapidated buildings in the city and appoint consultants for technical study of the structures before the monsoon. The movies seen as the state’s endeavor to avoid a repetition of the collapsing of the buildings.
Mumbai Buildings Repairs and Reconstruction Board (MBRRB) according to the department statistics, the city has over 13,000 cessed buildings they were built before 1940 many of which need repair immediately. It is the board that will check if the structure requires any repair or reconstruction.
The officials are little doubtful about completing such a large-scale before monsoon. One of the official said scientific survey of all buildings is not possible in such a short span. The board can identify the buildings that need to undergo structural audit on priority. Structures in better condition can be surveyed later in the year.
Housing Minister Sachin Ahir said, the housing department move assumes significance with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) questioning the mechanism adopted by the MBRRB for identifying dilapidated cessed buildings in Mumbai. It is difficult to visually ascertain the deterioration or distress of a building structure. Taking cognize of the CAG’s remark Ahir said the board would soon appoint or hire experts from experts from reputed institutions like IIT-B for conducting scientific tests of old structure. Ahir said, experts will be roped in for completing the survey.
The CAG in its report also stated that despite the board’s survey, seven cessed buildings collapsed between 2008 and 2011 which caused the death of 37 people.
The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) has also begun the process of appointing a consultant for carrying out structural audit of its structures. “The consultant will do the audit of the authority’s construction,” vice-chairman and CEO of Mhada Satish Gavai said.