How safe are your dream houses?
Farmers say houses planned or under construction in the Noida Extension area are not safe for occupants because of possible violation of building bye-laws like quake-resistant technologies, liquefaction and fire-safety norms.india Updated: Aug 14, 2011 23:30 IST
Farmers say houses planned or under construction in the Noida Extension area are not safe for occupants because of possible violation of building bye-laws like quake-resistant technologies, liquefaction and fire-safety norms.
"Builders started construction without getting proper clearances," said Dalvir Singh, a representative of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, the farmers' organisation spearheading the movement against land acquisition in Noida Extension.
The fire department said no Noida Extension builder had sought a no-objection certificate (NOC) from it.
The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) said delays in augmenting fire-fighting resources in buildings amid rising population and rapid urbanisation have made the area vulnerable. The NCR Planning Board admits Greater Noida is vulnerable to fire hazards.
Plus, there is a threat of liquefaction (failing of soil). The NIDM has said liquefaction threat in areas along the Yamuna is serious.
"People living near the riverbank are vulnerable," said farmer leader Dushyant Nagar. "Soil in Greater Noida contains sand and silt," he added.
IIT-Roorkee has conducted a study in Noida and found potential seismic deficiencies. The findings of the study say the codes of the Bureau of Indian Standards have been violated.
Even in new constructions, seismic forces have not been factored in. "Development authorities don't monitor construction activities or make sure that buildings are earthquake-resistant," said an official.
"Liquefaction in case of a quake may lead to devastating effects like land sliding, lateral spreading, or large ground settlement. The threat is severe in the trans-Yamuna area," he said.