Sambhajinagar Civic Body To Audit Aging Structures, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

June 24, 2023

CHHATRAPATI SAMBHAJINAGAR: The civic body has announced its intention to undertake structural audits of all buildings under its limits that are more than 30 years old.

While there has been no official move prior to this in civic limits to carry out such an exercise, activists have long been demanding that these measures be carried out urgently.

Now, newly appointed Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar Municipal Corporation (CSMC) commissioner and administrator, G Sreekanth, has announced his plans to carry out the said audits, with the aim of ensuring the safety of dwellers in these old structures.

As per the official plan, a project management consultancy will be appointed by the civic administration for locating old buildings, which especially become vulnerable during the rainy season.

Once the target structures are identified, the CSMC is expected to appeal to the property owners concerned to carry out the structural audit on their own, otherwise it will be conducted by the civic authorities and the necessary expenses will later be recovered from the former.

The structural audit involves a comprehensive check of different parts of the building and suggesting repairs, renovations or replacements.

Civic activist Rajendra Datey-Patil said the structural audit of old buildings in a historic city like Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar is the need of the hour. “Instead of putting the onus of the desired audit on property owners, the CSMC should carry out the audit by spending money on its own. Citizens pay property tax as it is. So, it is the duty of the CSMC to come forward for the structural audit,” he added.

According to official records, the municipal limits host around 2.85 lakh registered properties, of which the majority fall under the residential category.

  • Published On Jun 16, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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