BENGALURU: If you are a property owner or a builder undertaking construction work in the city, ensure that the development is as per the building bye-laws and all necessary safety measures are in place. A day after a building under construction collapsed in Bellandur claiming three lives, the BBMP issued a circular on Thursday, warning property owners and builders of stringent action including booking of criminal cases in case of violations and damage or loss to public life.
The circular also said engineers/architects associated with the project will also have to bear the complete responsibility for ensuring that every aspect of construction is according to the rules framed by BBMP and other standards set for building construction.
Byelaws for building construction prescribe setting up of basement on safe bearing capacity of soil, strutting and shoring while doing excavations, maintaining 2 meters distance from adjacent structures while laying foundation, lab testing of construction materials for quality, ensuring on-site safety for labourers, obtaining of commencement certificate and occupancy certificate from BBMP after complying with related rules.
The circular further adds that as per the schedule 4 section 9 of BBMP building bye-laws, any building construction should be conducted under the supervision of structural engineers registered with the BBMP. Property owners have been advised to take the service of registered architects/structural engineers/engineers whose list is available on the BBMP website (www.bbmp.gov.in), the circular added.
BBMP has said that most of the building collapse cases witnessed in the city are due to violations done by the property owners or builders during the execution of projects. “The same has resulted in damage to public life and properties. This is despite the fact that the rules for building constructions are laid out clearly under the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (KMC) Act, 1976,” said the circular.
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