Subsequent to the caving-in at the basement of a building under construction in Sector 45 last month, the Noida Authority has decided to get tough with developers who may be found using sub-standard material.
Consequently, to monitor all constructions in NOIDA and Greater NOIDA, Rama Raman, chairperson and CEO of Noida Authority, has ordered the setting up of a committee comprising retired IIT professors.
“There is little monitoring of whether the developer has used the appropriate materials that are needed according to the structural design, so that the building is stable,” said Manoj Rai, officer on special duty (OSD), Noida Authority. “With both Noida and Greater Noida growing vertically, we felt it was high time quality checks were in place,” added Rai.
Currently, though the primary focus is on compliance of code and vetting of design, both Noida and Greater Noida have no construction quality assessment audit in place. “A qualified structural engineer vets the design for structural stability, looking at several factors such as location of the project, soil quality, seismic zone classification, etc.,” Rai said.
“We follow norms laid down by the National Building Code, which have been incorporated in our building bye-laws approved by the Uttar Pradesh government,” Rai said. “We have rules in place where the structural design of a building has to be examined and certified by IIT Delhi,” he added.
“However, we need to start laying emphasis on the quality of construction. Structural design and quality are intertwined issues and have implications on public safety,” Rai said.
Rai mentioned that about 8-10 retired experts from IIT-Delhi and IIT-Roorkee would be appointed on Noida and Greater Noida’s planning and architectural board. “The process of appointment has already started and the committee should be in place in less than a month,” Rai said.
“Once in place, the committee will be responsible for conducting inspections and periodic checks at various sites of buildings under construction. Only after they submit a report will they be eligible for certifications and clearances for completions,” he said. “In the event of violations, construction will be stalled and builders penalized,” Rai warned.