Monsoon here, municipal corporation yet act against unsafe buildings

  • Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jul 13, 2015 21:50 IST

Irrespective of the fact that every year monsoon claims many lives in house collapse incidents, the issue of unsafe buildings seems to be no longer a priority with the Amritsar municipal corporation, which is doing hardly anything to avert damage to people living in unsafe buildings.

After issuing notices to the owners of unsafe buildings, warning them of initiating demolition in case they do not vacate their premises a month ago, the MC seems to have slipped into sleep mode yet again. Moreover, despite its claim of preparing a fresh list of unsafe buildings, the MC is yet to initiate action in this regard.

How much concerned the MC authorities actually are about the issue can be gauged from their response to the queries made to officials of the town planning department — they either gave evasive response or disconnected the calls.

A day after two people — a woman and her granddaughter — died in an incident of roof collapse in Chowk Passian on June 12, the MC had said it would hold a demolition drive from June 15, however, in the absence of an action it turned out to be a hallow threat.

The deferment of action came despite the MC authorities had directed the MTP department officials to raze unsafe structures before the onset of monsoon.

Municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal was not available for comments despite repeated attempts, while municipal town planner Des Raj said he could not talk about the issue as he was busy in a meeting.

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