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Architects may be held responsible

mumbai Updated: Apr 14, 2010 02:23 IST
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The government is examining a proposal to hold architects and contractors responsible if buildings are dilapidated within 25 years of construction.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said this in the state Assembly on Tuesday. Chavan said this in response to a question raised by the Opposition about dilapidated buildings in Ulhasnagar in Thane district. Chavan admitted that a recent survey revealed Ulhasnagar had 123 dilapidated buildings, which needed immediate renovation. “We will examine if amendments can be carried out in existing laws to hold the contractor and architect responsible,’’ Chavan said.

Chavan added that redevelopment of these buildings will be allowed but they will not be granted extra floor space index.

The Opposition also raised a question about Khotachi Wadi, a heritage area in Girgaon. Sena legislator, Ravindra Waikar, claimed that redevelopment of buildings in this precinct was against heritage norms and called for a probe.

The CM said the state was in favour of conserving heritage precincts and if redevelopment at Khotachi Wadi was against heritage norms, it will be stopped.

Chavan said that the four buildings being redeveloped here were cess buildings. He added that the municipal corporation had cleared the revamp proposal.

Chavan said if the Khotachi Wadi gaothan was a Grade I or Grade II heritage precinct, redevelopment will not be allowed. “We will examine if any norms have been flouted. If that is true we will stop the redevelopment,’’ Chavan said.