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Haryana Housing Minister orders reassessment of safety standards of flats at Pinjore

The re-assessment would be done till December 31 following which a decision on allowing further construction will be taken.

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The flats in question near Kaushalya dam in Pinjore. (Express Archives)

HARYANA TRANSPORT and Housing Minister Krishan Lal Panwar on Monday directed reassessment of safety standards of flats being constructed for economically weaker sections at Amravati Enclave, Pinjore, by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. The decision was taken following an inspection of the site by Panwar around a week back.

The re-assessment would be done till December 31 following which a decision on allowing further construction will be taken. A total of 720 flats were being constructed at the site that comprised 240 plots. Around 60 per cent of the work at the site has been completed. Work was started here after assessment of safety standards was done by IIT- Roorkee.

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An inspection was conducted at the site by Panwar on September 21 wherein he raised concerns about safety at the site. A meeting of the officials of Housing Board, Haryana Rural Development Authority, Irrigation Department, Town and Country Planning Department and DLF Company was held on Monday.

Talking to Newsline, Panwar said that it was not feasible to undertake construction at the site. “The flats are being constructed close to Kaushalya Dam. If the dam overflows, it will prove to be a danger to the lives of people living there. These flats were expected to be completed by March 31. I have directed that re-assessment be done by IIT- Delhi. Only when clearance is given by them that further construction will be allowed,” he said.

An official of the Housing Board said that the site where the flats were being constructed was not right. As per norms, every builder has to construct houses for EWS category in a housing project. In this case, the selection of the site was not appropriate. The official added that the minister and others who saw the site thought that it was not safe in case of a natural calamity. It was very near the Kaushalya Dam. That is why a need for re-assessment was felt, he added.