May 22, 2024

Structural Audit: NMC makes structural audit mandatory for new enclosures | Nashik News


Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has made structural audit mandatory for enclosure agencies and companies in the city. The step was taken in the wake of the collapse of a huge enclosure in Mumbai's Ghatkopar, claiming 16 lives. The NMC administration has also decided to make structural audit mandatory when the companies renew their permits. Agencies and companies who want to set up new enclosures will have to carry out a structural audit, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Taxation) Vivek Vaddane told TOI. He further said that the permits are valid for three years and subject to renewal and at the time of renewal, it is mandatory to carry out a structural audit. Earlier, there were 863 enclosures in the city, of which 814 were on private land and the remaining 49 were on municipal corporation land. “We conducted a structural audit of all enclosures in the city in June last year. “Around 16 enclosures were removed due to improper shape. Now, there are a total of 847 enclosures in the city,” an NMC official said. Meanwhile, the state government's Urban Development Department has written to the NMC, asking it to conduct a structural audit of fencing boards in the city and submit the report at the earliest. The department has also asked the civic body to provide information about the action taken against unauthorised fencing boards in the city last year. In response, NMC officials said they have already conducted an audit of all fencing boards. Now, we have started random inspection of fencing boards in the city to ensure their structural fitness as per norms.

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