Bldg plans filed, town planner told to speed up structural audit of highrises

  • | Tuesday | 7th November, 2023

GURGAON: As the building plans of around 20 highrise residential societies have been shared by developers, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Hitesh Meena has directed district town planner Manish Yadav to speed up the structural audit of around 38 societies, which is being carried out in two phases. Also, estimates have been prepared by the agencies.Around 15 residential highrise societies are being audited in phase 1 and 23 in phase 2.The ADC directed DTP to immediately share estimates with the concerned builder management so that the audit work can be started and completed as soon as possible. He further directed DTP to complete Paradiso settlement at the earliest where around 125 out of around 288 flat owners have accepted part or complete compensation.After the previous meeting, the building plans of around 20 societies were submitted to the ADC and DTP office by the builder management based on which the estimate for audit expenditure of 18 societies have been prepared by the structural audit consultants.This information was shared by DTP in the review meeting chaired by Hitesh Meena and attended by town and country planning officials, consultants of structural audit, consultants evaluating the interior of flats and representatives of Chintels India. In the meeting, the ADC has issued orders to district town planner to share the estimates with developers within a day.Once audit estimates are shared with the developer, DTP will direct the developer and concerned RWA to deposit 50 per cent of the amount with immediate effect. This time the audit of both the phases has been combined into one and this audit will be done at the rate of about Rs 3.50 per square feet. Earlier this amount was more than Rs 4. In the last meeting, ADC had reduced this amount. The builder will have to deposit his share in one go but if the RWA wants, they can deposit their share in two parts, an official said.We also published the following articles recentlyPIO cites RTI exemption clauses for security, judges safety; refuses Bombay HC building structural audit info to activistThe Public Information Officer (PIO) of the Bombay High Court has refused to provide information on structural audits of the court premises, citing security reasons and the safety of judges and officials. The PIO stated that no larger public interest was demonstrated in the request. The applicant, Zoru Bhathena, who is a tree activist, plans to file an appeal. Bhathena also filed an RTI plea with the BMC for its headquarters, and they provided the requested information.High Court refuses to give information on structural audit to activist under RTI claiming it would endanger lives of judgesThe Bombay High Courts public information officer has rejected a Right to Information (RTI) application seeking information about the structural audits of the courts heritage building. The officer cited concerns for the safety of judges and officials as the reason for not disclosing the information. The applicant, an environmental activist, had sought the information to compare the repair and reconstruction of other old buildings in Mumbai. The activist plans to appeal the decision.Ukraine says Russian attacks easing around embattled townUkraine has stated that Russian attacks on the town of Avdiivka have reduced, although they believe Russian forces may be regrouping for another wave of attacks. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned that his forces were mounting defensive actions in Avdiivka. Both Russia and Ukraine have been unable to make significant progress on the battlefield in recent months. The Kremlin denied that the conflict was deadlocked and emphasized that Russia is steadily carrying out its military operation. Ukraine has launched a counteroffensive but has had limited successes against heavily fortified Russian defensive lines.

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