In the wake of frequent earthquakes in the national Capital, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has issued notices to 103 building owners asking them to submit a structure audit report within 30 days to ensure seismic stability for the buildings.
A senior SDMC official said that the civic body has sent notices to residential group housing societies, educational institutions and schools, “We have asked them to respond with a structure audit report within time limit.
The official further said that 30 notices sent on Saturday while remaining were sent a few days back. “Responding to notices, six of them have already started the process of engaging structural consultants and consulting the engineers of the civic body,” he said.
In addition to this, SDMC has also started conducting surveys to identify high rise buildings and structures under its jurisdiction to examine their seismic stability and urging Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and housing societies to approach SDMC for the proper consultation and advice from experts and engineers.
“The list of empanelled structural engineers is available on SDMC website https://mcdonline.nic.in/eodb. SDMC has also empanelled seven more structural engineers for consultation work. Apart this premier engineering institute like IIT Delhi, Delhi technical University (DTU), National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCCBM) and other institution recognized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) can be approached by public for the structural audit of their buildings,” he said.
The civic body has also identified 27 municipal buildings for structural audit and started engaging structural consultants for retrofitting work and services to ensure structural safety of these buildings.
“The inspection work is being carried out at SDMC primary schools at Keshopur and old Sagarpur, Dabri community centre, zonal office building in Lajpat Nagar and Jangpura,” he added.
To ascertain structural stability of these municipal buildings, the official said that structural consultants and engineers are ensuring that the premises are safe and have no risk and finding critical areas for immediate repair and also suggesting appropriate repairs and retrofitting measures required for the buildings.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation had also issued notices to 22 schools and 44 residential group housing societies in Shahdara following the instructions given by the Delhi High Court in view of the seismic stability and earthquakes in Delhi. The north Corporation has sent similar notices to building owners.