Build stairs for access to overhead tanks, MCD tells owners
Owners who fail to make provisions for a permanent staircase for easy access to overhead tanks will not be given a Completion Certificate by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) now.
According to the MCD’s Health department, issuance of a No Objection Certificate (NOC) would be made mandatory to get a completion certificate from the building department. The MCD is hoping the move would help keep a check on mosquito breeding in the Capital. In addition to this, the civic body has recommended that one per cent of the total cost of the construction should be kept aside for taking measures to prevent mosquito breeding.
“To prevent mosquito breeding, we have prepared a proposal under which creating a permanent staircase will be mandatory to have easy access to overhead tanks. Those who fail to do so will not be issued an NOC. This will be applicable to both residential and commercial areas”, said NK Yadav, CMO, MCD.
The civic body would be making certain amendments in the building byelaws to make permanent staircase a mandatory feature. “This will require us to make amendment in the building byelaws that are presently in place. We have sent the proposal to the building department and they are examining it”, added Yadav.
According to the MCD, the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme had issued certain guidelines to keep a check on mosquito breeding, and provision for a staircase is one of the recommendations.
“Overhead tanks are a constant threat for mosquito breeding. Most of the overhead tanks in the colonies are placed at a height, which prevents the owners to clean it. Many of them don’t even have a lid. A staircase will make it accessible to keep a constant watch on the staircase”, said a senior MCD official. “Overhead tanks are a constant threat for mosquito breeding. Most of the overhead tanks in the colonies are placed at a height, which prevents owners from cleaning it. Many of them don’t even have a lid,” said a senior MCD official.
The one per cent of the money would be used to prevent breeding of mosquitoes, create a lock mechanism to close the overhead tanks lid.
“Labourers carrying out construction work and also live in the same place where the construction is being carried out. The one per cent of money should be used to make sure that areas are free from mosquito breeding”, the officer added.