Teams to inspect under construction buildings in Chennai, but will it serve the purpose?
news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute| July 3, 2014| 8.00 am IST With fifty people losing their lives and the toll expected to rise in the Chennai building collapse, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has formed 19 teams to inspect violations in close to 700 buildings under construction. These teams will also inspect constructions that were completed in the last one year. Buildings that violate plans and laws will first be asked to stop all construction work. The project will then be reviewed by the competent authority. Government officers who give clearance to such projects or projects that have flaws in structural design will also be taken to task says CMDA. The Times of India has quoted the Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (Tamil Nadu chapter) chairman R Kumar saying this is just a knee jerk reaction. "It is under pressure, owing to the heat generated by media reports, to take some visible action. CMDA is only a planning authority. It doesn't have the technical expertise to assess structural strength of buildings. What solution this exercise will provide is a moot question,â€œ said Kumar to Times of India