November 24, 2023

Structural Audit: Structural audit of 30-year-old buildings made mandatory: Nmmc | Navi Mumbai News


NAVI MUMBAI: In the wake of the collapse of dilapidated buildings in recent times, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has asked residents to get their 30-year-old buildings structurally audited. The civic body has made a structural audit of all such rickety buildings mandatory and the report from the competent authority must be submitted to the department concerned by March 31, 2024.

The civic body has been directed to issue notices under Section 265A of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act (MMCA) to housing societies owning buildings which are more than 30 years old to carry out structural audit within a time limit.

Meanwhile, NMMC, in a recent survey conducted under the provisions of the MMCA Act, found that as many as 528 buildings are unsafe as they are. Owners of such buildings have been asked to submit Building Condition Certificates at the earliest. NMMC has also sought details from Cidco about buildings constructed by town planners that are more than 30 years old, accordingly the civic body will take action.

“We have found that residents of old buildings do not pay heed despite repeated requests to carry out structural audits. Hence, we have been forced to make the audits mandatory. This is a serious issue. Further negligence on the part of owners of old buildings will result in safety and security of their lives and property. Residents realise the seriousness of the issue only when a disaster occurs. Officials have been directed to address this issue on priority,” NMMC Commissioner Rajesh Narvekar said.

The city's town planning department has been asked to prepare a list of buildings that are more than 30 years old and compel housing societies to conduct structural audits by NMMC-certified engineers. All ward offices have been ordered to issue notices to conduct structural audits of old buildings. The list of NMMC-certified structural engineers is available on the website NMMC has also warned housing societies that they will be fined Rs 25,000 if they fail to submit the structural audit report within the deadline. NMMC has directed owners and occupants of such unsafe buildings to vacate or else they will be held responsible for any incidents involving loss of life and property.

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