New Delhi: As part of the earthquake prevention measure, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has made structural audits compulsory for all the buildings constructed till 2001. It will be applicable on all the government and private buildings in the national capital.
The DDA has uploaded the order – Safety of Buildings Against Earthquake – on its website. The citizens of Delhi will be required to submit the structural audit report within six months. Failing which, an action will be initiated against the owners.
As per the order, all the buildings with a height of 15 meter or above will be required to do structural audit. The audit can be done by any structural engineer from approved government institutes. During the audit, the strength of the building will be tested.
The owners will also be required to act on the suggestions made during the structural audits. The expenses will have to be borne by the owners of the buildings.
The details of buildings, failing to do structural audit within the stipulated time, will be uploaded on the DDA website. There might be a legal action against the owners and they could also be penalised.
Delhi has witnessed as many as 20 earthquakes in the last three months. The intensity of the last earthquake was more than 4 on the richter scale.