The two-month ultimatum of the Noida Authority to owners of all high-rise buildings to get them (structures) tested for structural safety and deposit certificates has elapsed but not a single person has come forward.
The authority will now issue notices and go for third party auditing. If discrepancies are found, it will rectify the structures and recover the cost from defaulters and also blacklist and carry out negative publicity against them.
“We will recover the costs of inspection and repair from the owners, RWAs, housing societies, builders or whosoever is incharge of the structures’ maintenance,” said a senior official.
Authority CEO, Balvinder Kumar, who was recently transferred, told Hindustan Times that there were many buildings in Noida whose structural design was not certified for earthquake safety or preventive measures had not been taken despite certification.
“Our building regulations were put in place in 2010. But several multi-storey buildings had been constructed before that. No structural engineer has certified these buildings. We have also received complaints that many structures were issued certificates for earthquake safety but preventive measures on ground were not taken,” he said.
The authority in early October said builders and allottees would submit in two months, the structural safety reports to the authority and also provide copies to occupants for awareness and to make sure in case of a disaster there was minimum damage.
The authority will check if structural plans are verified at two stages — when maps are cleared before construction starts and when completion certificates are issued.