With unauthorised construction rising in Bengaluru, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has conducted a survey and identified 178 buildings as dilapidated, high-risk and in need of urgent intervention.
The city civic body planned the survey after the collapse of a 30-year-old building in Vivekananda Colony, JP Nagar 7th Phase, in September this year. Of the 178 buildings identified, 77 have been issued vacate and demolish notices.
In July this year, five people were killed when two adjacent four-storey buildings slumped one after another, crushing those sleeping on the ground floor, at Cooke Town near Banaswadi.
According to the survey, the BBMP has identified 33 buildings in the south zone, 33 in the west zone, 49 in the east zone, 61 in Yelahanka, and two buildings in Mahadevapura. The report didn’t find a single dilapidated or unstable building in Dasarahalli, Bomanahalli and RR Nagar zones.
Speaking to Indianexpress.com, BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar said, “We have issued notices to 77 building owners. Soon, all the buildings identified will be given notice. We are instructing them to vacate the buildings. I have also directed officials to conduct a structural audit of these buildings. Once the audit report is done, the owners of the building can carry out repairs as per the audit report. If the building cannot be repaired, it will be demolished.”
When asked about the criteria used to identify dilapidated buildings, a senior BBMP official said, “We have only taken the highly risky buildings into consideration, buildings which are very old and partially damaged.”