Delhi HC quizzes civic our bodies, DDA on steps taken for buildings in want of seismic stability

New Delhi, July 29

The Delhi High Court Wednesday requested the municipal our bodies right here and the DDA as to what steps they’ve taken after figuring out and issuing notices to the excessive danger buildings in want of seismic stability.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan directed the municipal our bodies and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to put earlier than the court docket a report indicating steps taken by them after issuing notices to the homeowners of constructions which require seismic stability.

“You have to show us the progress,” the court docket stated to the authorities and listed the matter for listening to on August 31.

A route was additionally issued to the Delhi authorities to tell the court docket whether or not any knowledgeable committee has been arrange, as proposed by a notification of April final 12 months, to look into seismic stability of the buildings within the nationwide capital.

The route got here in view of an software moved by the petitioner-advocate, Arpit Bhargava, searching for organising of a monitoring committee to make sure well timed implementation of the motion plan for strengthening buildings in Delhi.

Bhargava, in his software, has stated that such a monitoring committee to oversee the authorities was mandatory as they require fixed “prodding” to make them work.

He stated that between April 12 and July 3, 14 earthquakes have struck the Delhi-National Capital Region.

He additionally stated that because the Centre has not filed any response or affidavit relating to steps taken by it, there is no such thing as a readability whether or not buildings like Vigyan Bhawan, Shastri Bhawan and others the place excessive rating officers work are seismically compliant or not.

The municipal companies, in the meantime, have filed related extra affidavits stating that between the three of them they’ve employed 144 structural engineers to audit the steadiness of buildings underneath their jurisdiction.

On June 18 the excessive court docket had pulled up the Delhi authorities and all of the native authorities for non-implementation of the motion plans for guaranteeing seismic stability of buildings within the nationwide capital.

Bhargava, in an earlier software, claimed that the authorities and Delhi authorities haven’t finished something regardless of a number of instructions by the court docket to develop an motion plan.

The software was filed in Bhargava’s most important petition filed in 2015 claiming that the seismic stability of buildings in Delhi was poor and in case of a serious earthquake there might be giant numbers of casualties.

The petition remains to be pending earlier than the excessive court docket which infrequently has directed the Delhi authorities and civic authorities to develop an motion plan.

In the sooner software, Bhargava contended that round 11 earthquakes have struck Delhi since April 12 and in accordance with specialists a giant one was imminent which is why he has moved the court docket now for pressing instructions. PTI

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