The local Nashik civic body has made mandatory for structural audits of buildings constructed which are more than 30 years old and individuals who neglect this to do the needful will be fined for ₹ 25,000.
The civic body took this decision with in effect to some previous events of collapsing of old wada around the Nashik city. From previous year, over few dozens of old wadas collapsed during the rainy monsoon. The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) warned the individuals to empty and vacate the wadas however their allure failed to receive any notice. An old wada which fallen a month ago lead to the death of one youth and two others were injured.
As to conduct the structural audits, the civic body has selected three agencies in the city to look upon this. The individual owners of the building have to complete and get the structural audit work done from the appointed agencies for all the old buildings.
Individual owners will be given certificates for their statuses of buildings whether does the building comply with all the necessary occupations or not by the structural engineers from the agencies appointed by the NMC.
Additionally, the agencies will also approve and suggest some necessary additional works which need to be followed and carried for the old structures. For all the necessary works, the agencies will certify the structure to be carried forward by NMC. Service charge will be added on this with ₹ 23 per sq metre or at least ₹ 5,000 on each.
The individuals all alone should expel the structure of the old buildings on their own which is unsafe, risky or hazardous to live in or use. NMC has also just recognized 1,032 old and perilous buildings in the city and served notification to the individual owners.
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