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EWS buildings unsafe for living

india Updated: Sep 20, 2011 01:47 IST
Divya Sethi

A day after a massive earthquake jolted the country, questions are being raised about the safety of residents living in the Millennium City, especially those residing in the area meant for economically weaker section (EWS) of the society.

Residents say that majority of EWS plots, on which construction of two-and-a-half floors are allowed, have come up with five floors in gross violations of building norms.

Despite Haryana government orders asking developers to disconnect water and sewerage connections in such properties, the latter remained unmoved.

In such a condition, lives of people are at risk if a major quake hits the city.

At DLF phase III, the situation is not very different. Buildings with five floors are common in the area. "This street was meant for EWS, but one can easily see 10-12 air-conditioners in one building. Further, there are 20-25 families living in one building, creating problems of water, sewer," said Anthony Cruz, a resident of the area.

"Last time when there was a quake, I decided to move out. But I could not find a safe place. In this area, if a building collapses, it would fall on road as even roads have gone so narrow," said another resident of the area.

Rakesh Sharma, former general secretary of Residents' Welfare Association, South City EWS, said, "People are seen making mockery of the law. There is nobody to check the unauthorised construction. These houses come up in a month, so we can imagine how safe the construction would be."

The developers, who refrained from coming on record, blamed the government for promoting such illegal activities.

It is the district town planning department that passes layout plans, but does not care about safety norms.

"Property owners construct buildings, the design of which does not match with the sanctioned layout plans. People start living in such buildings, which do not acquire completion certificate from the department of town planning. All this happens under the nose of department officials," said a senior official of a known developer.