The Greater Noida authority on Tuesday said that it has decided to select 10 to 12 independent structural consultants to monitor the construction of group housing, commercial and other buildings.
Earlier, on June 24, 2016, the authority had allowed only the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) to conduct a floor-wise audit of under-construction group housing buildings.
“We have decided to authorise independent structural consultants because IIT and NBCI alone cannot handle the pressure of monitoring hundreds of building constructions underway in different areas of Greater Noida. We are preparing guidelines for structural consultants to empanel them,” said Deepak Agarwal, chief executive officer (CEO), Greater Noida authority.
The move to allow IIT, CBRI and independent structural consultants for monitoring comes after homebuyers demanded strict monitoring to stop tampering of the layout plans of group housing buildings. Homebuyers complained that changes in building layout plans by developers amounted to cheating as they are not provided the amenities promised at the time of application.
“We will finalise detailed guidelines in 15 days and start selection of a panel of independent structural consultants. We will make it clear who can be eligible for the job in the guidelines. We will fix work experience, educational qualification and track record so that a consultant works independently,” said Agarwal.
Earlier, the authority felt that only IITs and CBRI would do the job. However, it came up with the idea of independent consultants after realtors’ body, Confederation of real estate developers association of India (Credai), objected on the ground that two agencies will not be able to deal with so many projects.
Builders have also objected to floor-wise audit on the grounds that it would end up delaying construction. They contended that it would take over a month to complete the entire process of inspection of each floor.
“Instead of a floor-wise inspection, monitoring will be done phase wise to save time. We will divide each building in segments and 20% of a building will be inspected in each phase to save time,” said Aggarwal.
However, Indresh Gupta, founder of Noida Extension flat owners’ welfare association, said, “Had the authority officials been doing their job honestly, the need for appointing a third party for inspection would not have arisen.”