CUTTACK: The thousand-year-old city has many unsafe structures, which can crumble at any point of time, but the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) is yet to wake up to the threat. On Sunday, four persons were killed when an old building collapsed in Puri.
Being a historic city, there are many old structures and government colonies here which have become structurally weak and need immediate demolition. In 2010, over 60 people had died in a building collapse in Delhi and at that time the CMC had announced to initiate survey work of decrepit structures in the city. But even after three years, the civic body is yet to collect any data.
"According to guidelines of Municipal Corporation Act, it is the duty of the CMC to mark unfit structures and immediately order their demolition as they pose threat to public life," said advocate Pradip Patnaik.
According to an estimate, there are over 500 perilous structures in the city and the denizens have expressed concern over them.
"There are more than 10 unsafe structures in my area, which can collapse at any moment. If any mishap occurs then the administration will face a lot of difficulty in carrying out rescue operations due to narrow lanes," said Gadadhar Das, who resides in Jaunliapatti area.
However, the CMC claimed that they have identified a few dilapidated structures but could not initiate action due to legal tangles.
"Majority of unsafe structures are disputed and mired in litigations. So we were not able to raze them. However, we are going to start fresh survey of unsafe buildings in the city and will take action against them," said mayor Saumendra Ghose.