Building audit panel may get more consultants

After it sent notices to at least a lakh buildings in the city, directing them to get a structural audit conducted, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now planned to appoint 18 more structural consultants on its panel.

A proposal in this regard will be sent to the standing committee next week. At present, the BMC has 26 consultants on the panel, who are responsible for conducting technical audits and preparing reports on repairs required. Of these, 14 were added on the panel in November last year.

Following the Dockyard Road building collapse in September 2013, which killed 61 people and injured 33, the BMC had decided to increase the number of structural auditors to expedite the survey of dilapidated buildings, especially its own structures that were dilapidated and dangerous. According to BMC data, there are 959 dilapidated and dangerous buildings in the city.

The BMC had also decided to conduct a systematic structural audit of all civic body-owned buildings older than 30 years and directed the owners of such private buildings to get a structural audit done.

According to structural audit policy and provisions under Section 353B of the BMC Act, it is obligatory for the owner and occupants of buildings more than 30 years old to have them inspected by a qualified structural engineer registered with the BMC, get repairs done as suggested by the engineer, and submit the completion certificate, along with

the structural fitness certificate, to the municipal


The policy mandates an audit every five years or as suggested by the engineer or the ward officer. Also, all repairs suggested by authorities should be adhered to within six months, failing which heavy penalty will be imposed.

The structural audit for buildings older than 30 years could bring over 2.5 lakh old and cessed buildings under the net.

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