After a spate of building collapse incidents showed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) engineers in bad light, the civic body has decided to open an internal training centre that will acquaint and train new joinees about their roles and duties in making safer buildings.
It will be set up at the MCD headquarters, Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre. At present, the municipal body does not have any such induction training centre. A senior engineering department official said last week MCD chief KS Mehra had directed the corporation to set up the facility. The curriculum for the centre is yet to be prepared, but it will deal with sanctioning of building plans and notifying illegal constructions, among others.
“When engineers are recruited, they don’t know much about the functioning of MCD and find it difficult to discharge their duties — leading to a gap between their performance and expectations. The corporation hopes to bridge the gap faster through this training,” said an MCD official.
MCD engineers are allotted wards. They have to visit these areas frequently to keep a check on unauthorised construction. At times, they face difficulties due to the lack of knowledge on building bye-laws and MCD regulations. The curriculum will have special information about areas like Chandni Chowk and some unauthorised colonies.
The agency has started sending its engineers to the National Disaster Management Institute to acquire expertise in examining if buildings are safe for habitation or not.