Private buildings’s structural audit mandatory
Earlier decision sent only 12 notices to the owners of the old buildings
Mumbai: The Mumbai Municipal Corporation sent notices for mandatory structural audits to around 35 years old private buildings. Those who will not perform these audits are liable for Rs 25,000 fine for the same.
Recently the civic administration sent notices only to 12 buildings for the structural audit secretly. Congress corporator Praveen Chheda revealed the fact and demanded a new notice covering all the old structures in the civic body’s limits. In reply the standing committee has canceled all its earlier structural audit notices and asked the administration to send the new notices.
After the accident at the building near the dockyard road, the municipal corporation has appointed 16 structural consultants for the structural audit. When the proposal was held in the standing committee, Chheda raised the issue and brought it to committee’s notice.
The standing committee asked the municipal corporation to ask the owners of the old buildings under the act 353 (B) to submit the structural audit report within the duration of 30 days. But many owners of the buildings do not inform the tenants. Chheda indicated that there was a systematic delay was made to the audits. He also pointed out that the tenants would have to bear the fine of Rs 25,000 or the annual tax amount as fine for no reason.
Today more than 1 lakh notices have been sent for structural audits. Many tenants are in worry over the notices. The structural audit consultants charge Rs 40,000.
Rahul Shewale, chairman, Standing committee, said, “The civic body has given the licenses to 1562 consultants for structural auditing. If there is a suspicion over the report from the consultants then the reports submitted by the VJTI ad IIT Mumbai will be considered positive,” he said.