AP government, GHMC begins examining dilapidated buildings

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 10, 2013 05:58 hrs

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) have begun a postmortem in the aftermath of the building collapse in Secunderabad, in which 12 people were killed today.

Incidentally, both institutions were indifferent when the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) pointed to possible dangers in the form of dilapidated structures across the twin cities.

In its latest report, the CAG identified 144 buildings to be in dilapidated condition in the GHMC jurisdiction.

"Out of the 144, only five were demolished," the CAG said in its report tabled in the state assembly last month.

"Notices were issued to the remaining 139 buildings during 2004-12, but no action has been taken till date, though 53 were 'most dangerous condition and unsafe' for living," the CAG noted.

However, GHMC Commissioner M T Krishna Babu said today, after a review meeting with the AP Chief Minister, that 33 buildings were demolished "in recent days" out of the 307 buildings which were identified as dilapidated.

"There are cases pending in courts with respect to 14 buildings. From tomorrow, we will start demolishing two dilapidated buildings per day in each GHMC circle," Krishna Babu said.

At the review meeting Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had after visiting the accident spot, it was decided to amend the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act to make it "mandatory" for all owners whose buildings are over 30-year-old to get these certified by empanelled engineers for structural stability. (MORE)

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