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Eviction to wait for experts’ opinion

delhi Updated: Nov 20, 2010 01:22 IST
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The move to evict residents of 38 buildings deemed 'unsafe' by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) at Lalita Park in east Delhi has been stalled for the time being.

The move had come after a seven-storeyed building in Lalita Park collapsed on Monday evening claiming 70 lives and injuring 81.

The civic agency said a team from the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, will be in the capital on Saturday to survey the damage and ascertain whether certain buildings require retrofitting to make them structurally safe.

"We will wait for the CBRI's advice to decide what action to take. The decision to evict the residents of the buildings will be taken after that," said Deep Mathur, director press and information, MCD.

Sources said the team of experts will also test samples of the building that collapsed to ascertain if substandard material was used.

A team of MCD engineers and officials from the building department had gone to Roorkee on Friday to discuss the matter with the institute director.

"They have agreed to start the work from tomorrow (Saturday). It is quite a complicated issue and they discussed the methodology to be adopted and how they will go about it," said a senior MCD official.

According to sources, the eviction of the 38 buildings has now been stalled for at least a week after the residents who were served notices refused to move out.

"Once the team from CBRI has inspected them and the buildings are found to be structurally unsafe, we will have to forcibly evacuate the occupants," added the
official.

On Thursday, the MCD had extended its eviction notice from 24 hours to three days. Though the civic body had evacuated the two buildings adjacent to the collapsed building, they haven't been demolished yet.

The civic agency is also facing shortage of structural engineers due to which it has not been able to start a survey of buildings in other parts of the city, especially in Old Delhi.