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16,766 buildings surveyed, 5,000 face likely action

The administration has received inputs from the College of Engineering, Pune on parameters for structural audit of buildings

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune |
November 29, 2014 5:12:46 am
LEGAL MAPPING, A Gargantuan effort LEGAL MAPPING, A Gargantuan effort

The district administration, saddled with the task of conducting a detailed survey of buildings to detect illegalities has readied a list of 5,000 buildings “suspected” to have flouted laws — many lacked papers for permission to change from non-agricultural use — and will start issuing notices to them soon. The administration has said it will initiate action against illegal buildings under section 44 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966 and section 18 of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act.

After the Narhe building collapse, the district administration started a detailed survey of buildings and 127 of its teams together surveyed 16,766 buildings in 363 villages in the district. Of these, 7,000 are in Haveli taluka including 2,200 from suburban areas of Pune city, 1,200 from Mulshi and nearly 2,000 from Baramati area.

“The teams, after surveying the area are revisiting data and tallying it and will soon start initiating notices if norms are found to be violated. It is a mammoth task and we have divided the survey format into legal, illegal, partially legal, and partially illegal buildings. This will definitely take time,’’ said district collector Saurabh Rao. He will submit a detailed report of the survey to the government.

The administration has also received inputs from the College of Engineering Pune on parameters for structural audit of buildings and the administration will follow it. The collector said the administration will identify the buildings according to the parameters and once it is done, legal action will be taken. Separate teams will be deployed for each area.

The district administration has deployed 127 teams and surveyed 16,766 buildings in 363 villages of which 5,373 structures were found to be legal and 5,000 were found lacking in necessary papers. It has also displayed out 240 flex boards educating people regarding details of buildings for safety.

The district collector has directed all construction sites to display notice boards giving information about construction as well permissions taken by the builder. He has also alerted financial institutions to check all documents before issuing loans.

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