HYDERABAD: With the City Light Hotel collapse claiming several lives, the GHMC has decided to take up a special week-long drive to identify dilapidated buildings , especially commercial ones and offices where large number of people congregate, to avert similar incidents.
A decision to bring a ‘Comprehensive Building Structural Stability Policy’ was taken at a review meeting on Monday based on the directions of chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. GHMC commissioner MT Krishna Babu told the media that engineering and town planning teams would inspect all buildings from July 9 and serve notices on the owners. If they are found to be structurally weak, they would be sealed. Buildings like the Hyderabad collectorate, GHMC office at Sardar Mahal and Hyderabad police commissioner’s office at Purana Haveli would also be inspected, he said responding to a query.
“Buildings that were constructed with lime mortar, load-bearing walls and buildings constructed more than 50 years ago would be inspected by the joint teams. The buildings would be opened only after getting clearances by the structural engineers,” Krishna Babu said.
He said that as part of the pre-monsoon checks, as many as 307 buildings were inspected and dilapidated structures were identified. The owners have been asked to demolish the buildings and 33 of them were razed to the ground by the corporation in the past one month. The action on the remaining 274 buildings was yet to be initiated, he said, adding that the list of decrepit structurs would be posted on the GHMC website.
The GHMC chief said that in the Secunderabad area alone, 53 buildings were identified as dilapidated structures and 15 of them were dismantled. “With regard to some buildings, action could not be initiated due to dispute and court cases between owners and tenants. Some tenants complained that buildings were being demolished though the structure was in good condition. In such cases, the corporation would get the inspection done by a third party like JNTU College,” he said.
The commissioner said the GHMC Act would be amended by incorporating structural stability of buildings on the lines of Brihan Mumbai Corporation (BMC), where structural stability certificate was made mandatory for structures of over 30 years. Every 10 years, the buildings would have to get inspected and certified by engineers. “We will adopt the same procedure, but age of the building for insisting structural stability would be decided by the engineer-in-chiefs of the roads and buildings department and GHMC,” Krishna Babu said.