BBMP’s 9 commandments for Construction safety

BBMP issues commandments to make construction sites safer; will hold architect, engineer and owner responsible for any damage

To prevent mishaps at sites of buildings under construction, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has come up with a set of instructions that are binding on builders. Henceforth, the civic body will hold the developer, builder and property owner responsible for any untoward incident that may occur as part of activities that are a part of building structures.

The never-ending string of unfortunate incidents at construction sites in the city, like the most recent one in Bellandur that claimed six lives, is what got the BBMP cracking the whip against builders. In what it hopes will have far-reaching ramifications, BBMP has issued nine directives to be strictly followed by those in charge of all aspects of constructing buildings.

It has also asked those responsible for a building to record all reports of tests conducted at various stages of its construction and make them available for inspections and quality checks.

Spread over 700 sq km, Bengaluru witnesses the construction of as many as 10,000 flats in a year, and to facilitate this, around 1,500 building licences are issued during the period through BBMP’s eight zones, sub-divisional offices and the head office. The sheer magnitude is making the task of keeping a tab on illegal structures in its jurisdiction difficult for the BBMP, let alone ensuring the quality of work at buildings it has permitted.

In its desperate attempt to curb cases of building collapse and earth cave-ins that have often resulted in loss of life, the BBMP commissioner issued an advisory to builders and developers. Through this three-page strong recommendations, the BBMP aims to ensure that all safety measures are taken during construction work.

In the event of a mishap, the commissioner Manjunatha Prasad has warned, criminal proceedings will be initiated against the builder. “We are bringing this to the notice of the general public that if any building collapses during the construction stage, and a casualty is reported, then the developer, builder and property owner will be held responsible. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that all construction work is undertaken with relevant approvals, and the help of BBMP-approved architects and engineers,” he said.

The commissioner maintained that it is the duty of the architect and site engineer to ensure that the construction is undertaken according to the BBMP building bye-laws. They also have to see to it that there are no deviations from the approved plan, he said.

“If it is found that the construction is undertaken without obtaining all sanctions, and if during the course of construction, the building collapses, a case will be booked against its owner, builder, developer, architect and site engineer,” he added.

The 9 commandments
1) The foundation has to be designed/ laid based on the local soil-bearing capacity.
2) Requisite strutting and shoring piles/diaphragm wall to be constructed to prevent soil collapse during excavations for foundation or basement floor, besides adopting other engineering techniques.
3) Arrangements have to be made to pump out underground water and prevent rainwater stagnation during ground excavation for foundation and basement.
4) At least two-metre distance to be maintained while digging ground for basement/ foundation to ensure the work won’t affect the neighbouring property/ building or result in the collapse of soil around. When rocks are to be blasted, suitable permissions have to be taken and the task carried out without affecting surrounding properties.
5) Material used in construction should be subjected to requisite tests and certified by respective labs to ensure they are of standard quality.
6) Safety standards of respective batches of steel and concrete have to be certified by respective labs from time to time. Tested samples have to be retained for further inspection.
7) Test reports and documents mentioned above have to be documented and produced during an inspection.
8) Creating secure, safe and clean working environment with other required facilities in the interest of construction labourers.
9) Commencement certificate, occupation certificates from the BBMP have to be obtained besides the no-objection certificate/ permission certificate/ clearance certificate from other departments and the conditions laid down accordingly have to be adhered to, and construction should be completed within the permitted period.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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