“It is mandatory for residents of old and dilapidated buildings to carry out structural audit of their building. This audit has to be carried out through structural consultants who are empanelled on the NMMC board,” said Vikram Shinde, Nationalist Congress Party corporator from Vashi.
This summon comes against the backdrop of a building collapse at Dockyard Road, which claimed 61 lives. Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has once again appealed to residents of old and dilapidated buildings in the satellite city to carry out mandatory structural audit of their structures to ensure stability of the building and for any illegal alterations.
The civic body, had in August, cleared the proposal for structural audit of old buildings and a committee was formed to take forward the process.
According to experts, structural audit also helps in pointing out at any illegal alterations carried out by any occupant of the building.
“It is the responsibility of the housing society to carry out structural audit. In case they fail to do so, then the civic body can carry out the structural audit and recover costs from the society,” said a civic official, requesting anonymity.
He added, “Structural audit is mandatory for every building which is in an dilapidated condition or has completed 30 years. After that, the housing society has to carry out structural audit every 10 years.”
Shinde said, “The housing society in Koparkhairane where I stay is in a very bad shape. Around a month ago, I pointed out to the office bearers the dangerous condition of the building. Now, I will approaching the ward office for action against this dangerous structure.”
Meanwhile, the municipal corporation has already issued notices through ward offices to buildings which are more than 30 years old to carry out structural audit of their buildings. “The ward offices has given notices to the buildings which are more than 30 years old and have been asked to carry out structural audit. They have been given time of around a year to submit the audit report,” said a civic official.