10 days given to raze unsafe edifices
Active since four lives were lost on Friday, the municipal corporation on Sunday demolished eight unsafe buildings and divided the walled city into five zones for bringing down nearly 100 more in 10 days given to deal with the problem.punjab Updated: Aug 19, 2013 01:30 IST
Active since four lives were lost on Friday, the municipal corporation on Sunday demolished eight unsafe buildings and divided the walled city into five zones for bringing down nearly 100 more in 10 days given to deal with the problem.
Another unsafe building in the walled city caved in on Sunday because of heavy rain but no loss of life was reported. The building was in the Hall Gate portion. "A part of its top floor being used for residential purpose has collapsed," said fire officer Sadiq Masih.
Confirmed that officials have 10 days to complete the job of removing hazardous multi-floor buildings, municipal commissioner DPS Kharbanda said the walled city had been divided into Khaazana-Lahori Gate, Chaurasti Attari, Cheel Mandi, Namak Mandi and Dal Mandi zone for the task. "The buildings in question have five to six floors, and the MC intends to raze the top floors," he added.
All unsafe buildings in the area and adjoining localities will be demolished.
"Five officers will deal with 25 buildings each," said Kharbanda, maintaining that of the 152 unsafe structures, most were identified since 2004. The MC has asked its sanitary inspectors to look out for crumbling edifices.
"Even after 21 rickety edifices were razed, a 100 more still remain inside the walled city," said Kharbanda. "Of these, 15 are marked safe. The streets of the old walled city are waterlogged after 93-mm rain since Saturday evening," he added. Even in posh localities such as Lawrence Road and Hall Bazaar, rainwater entered houses and shops.
Even as clouds seemed to clear on Sunday evening, raising hopes of respite, the weather department has forecast more rain till Monday evening. The weather is attributed to monsoon, western disturbances and conditions over the Arabian Sea.