May 25, 2024

Nashik district collector orders structural audit of buildings before monsoon


District Commissioner Jalaj Sharma has directed Nashik and Malegaon Municipal Corporations and other civic authorities to immediately carry out structural audits of buildings deemed unsafe to prevent accidents during the monsoon season.

The monsoon has entered the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is expected to arrive on schedule in Nashik and other parts of the state. In preparation, pre-monsoon works are being accelerated across the district. Every year, the rainy season highlights the issue of unsafe buildings in Nashik city and rural areas, posing the risk of such buildings collapsing and causing fatalities. As a precautionary measure, the administration has issued notices to residents and owners of these buildings. The Meteorological Department has predicted a good monsoon this year and proactive measures are being taken to prevent accidents due to building collapse.

Sharma said there should be a plan to relocate people from the banks of the Godavari river, which floods during the monsoon. Efforts should be made to evacuate people in advance in areas such as Kazhigadi in Old Nashik, which are potentially at high risk. Municipalities and nagar panchayats have been directed to issue notifications and conduct audits of old buildings, dilapidated mansions and bridges before the onset of the monsoon.

Nashik city and surrounding areas have identified 1,198 dangerous buildings, houses and old mansions. The civic body said it would notify the residents of these buildings to vacate. If they refuse, the civic body said it would vacate the buildings with the help of police under Section 268 of the Town Planning Act.

Published: Saturday, May 25, 2024 3:55 PM IST


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