The Noida authority on Wednesday issued directions to builders that they would have to get their structural plans verified by reputed engineering institutions. The authority would check if this was being adhered to at two stages - when maps are cleared before construction starts and when completion certificates are issued after construction ends.
Hindustan Times on Monday had carried a detailed report highlighting how little attention was being paid to make buildings quake-resistant in Noida. Authority chairman Balvinder Kumar said, "We're putting our structural engineers on job." He has also asked the planning department to evolve a system of third-party monitoring and find ways to rectify faulty buildings.
"There are several high-rise residential towers, malls, multiplexes and other such places in Noida, where public safety is involved. We cannot remain silent. Setting right the existing buildings will be tough, but we're working out a new regime to address this problem," he said.
Noida is located in the second highest level of quake threat (seismic zone IV). Officials don't check, during execution, whether the building is quake-resistant because of paucity of adequate structural engineers. Builders admit that even this formality has not been followed in about 50% of structures.
More than seven months after the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) prepared a disaster management report on Noida, the authority had said that it would sign a MoU with NIDM to have an effective plan ready. However, there has not been any progress in the direction.