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'Architects in building audit mandatory'

The state government has decided to make it compulsory for architects who are consultants on the Mhada board to be part of the quarterly audit of old and dilapidated buildings in the city.

mumbai Updated: Mar 26, 2011 01:04 IST
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The state government has decided to make it compulsory for architects who are consultants on the Mhada board to be part of the quarterly audit of old and dilapidated buildings in the city.

“Earlier, we had initiated a similar move, but no architects came forward to help Mhada. That’s why we have decided to make it mandatory,” said minister of state for housing Sachin Ahir.

Till May 31, 2010, Mhada had partially repaired 24,837 buildings in the city (including 19,000 cessed buildings). For this, the government has a provision of Rs 100 crore annually.

“But, some buildings are beyond repair, so we suggest redevelopment. We are initiating an increase in FSI for
redevelopment from 2.5 to 3 which, we hope, will be beneficial as it will increase the area of homes from 225 sqft to 300 sqft,” the minister said.