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SC panel chief says disaster waiting to happen.

CRITICISING the urgency with which civic authorities are approving layout plans of unauthorised colonies to regularise them, chairman of the Supreme Court- appointed monitoring committee Bhure Lal said another tragedy like the one that happened in Thane was in the making.

" It is a big concern for us, the way in which layout plans for unauthorised colonies are likely to be approved. If civic agencies don't care for the structural safety of each building, for amenities like sewer lines, space for electric poles and drainage, these colonies will continue to remain in a slum- like situation with the danger of a building collapse always lurking over them," Lal said.

According to him, civic agencies must demolish buildings that do not possess a structural safety certificate. Buildings that do not have strong foundations and were raised to fourth or even fifth floors pose a danger to its own residents and those living near it, he said.

No building that violates the prescribed norms -- not more than two- and- a- half floors along with basement -- or the Floor Area Ratios ( FARs) should be allowed to stand, he added.

The other danger, according to him, was of commercialisation of Unauthorised Regularised ( UR) colonies. " Commercial activities like parking should be strictly prohibited in these areas. Agencies which approve their layout plans must shoulder the responsibility of seeing that those areas remain strictly residential," Lal said.

He called the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws Special Provisions ( Second Act, 2011), which prohibits sealing or demolition of any property constructed before 2006 till 2014, a political bribery.

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Date:Apr 10, 2013
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