It took a collapse for dist admn to form 56 teams to survey structures in fringe areas

Builders to display boards with details of sites; banks told to be cautious in funding projects.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: November 14, 2014 3:54:31 am
A five-storey building had collapsed in Narhe village on November 1, killing a techie. A five-storey building had collapsed in Narhe village on November 1, killing a techie.

Following the collapse of a five-storey building in Narhe village on November 1, the district administration woke up to form 56 teams to carry out an extensive survey of structures in fringe areas. With the district collector Saurabh Rao slated to submit a report by month-end, teams have been formed to fan out in all major areas, which have seen large-scale constructions.

A multi-pronged approach is being adopted by the administration, wherein buildings will be surveyed and directions will be issued to builders to put up boards with details of constructions. In addition, the sub-registrars offices will check the project, and banks have been warned
to maintain caution while funding projects.

While the administration already has survey data prior to 2011, the teams will largely check constructions that came up in the past four years to record their details and assess whether the structures are partially legal/illegal or illegal and can be regularised, as well as conduct a structural audit of buildings.

In meetings held with the members of the builders association, Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association (CREDAI), Pune, as well as structural consultants, it was decided to form the teams and conduct checks on all the fronts.

“We are carrying out the detailed survey of all the structures on these parameters and have directed builders to put up boards at all sites mentioning details of the constructions — permissions and sanctions. Our teams, comprising town planning and revenue officials, will visit and check the sites. Builders will have to put up details of the architect, RCC consultant, site supervisor and mobile numbers, NA order and building details on the boards,’’ said Rao on the directions issued and checks to be carried out by his team.

Rao said that while these suggestions came from CREDAI, the district administration also had a word with the inspectorate general of registration and stamps (IGR) so that sub-registrars could be directed to keep a check on  the title, number of floors, legal procedures, permissions as well as completion and occupancy certificates. “We are urging people to also keep a check list of all these so that they are not fleeced and have all the details before entering into any registration for a new flat or on lease,’’ said Rao.

The collector has also issued a letter to all financial institutions as well as credit societies that issue loans for constructions to check all the requisite details before funding as they will be an “indirect party to the crime”. It is important that financial inflow be stopped as this can help bring some check on such constructions. With the collector to submit the report by month-end, he has already had talks with students, PWD engineers and Zilla Parishad members.

With the Swadeen Kshatriya report pending with the government, which has even mentioned that district collector is the authority to carry out the drive, the collector said till the report was cleared and there were clear instructions they would await the orders from the state government on the same. Meanwhile, the report of the survey will be submitted and the state government directives will be followed to initiate action on these structures.

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