Residents of high rises demand structure audit after Shahberi building collapses
Residents of high rises demand structure audit after Shahberi building collapses
Avishek Dubey
Residents of high rises demand structure audit after Shahberi building collapses

Residents of high rises demand structure audit after Shahberi building collapses

Following the collapse of two 6-storeyed buildings in Shahberi area, the residents of high rises in Noida and Greater Noida are demanding for the structure audit from the state government. Residents of high rises have panicked after the incident.

Structure audit checks the quality of construction material used in the buildings. The strength of the buildings columns, beams, pillars, iron bars and plaster, sewage discharge systems, water pipeline systems, electrical cabin and wiring system, lifts, podiums etc are checked during the audit.

The residents of high rises in Noida and Noida Extension have written an email and sent a letter to the District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar requesting the structure audit of their buildings. They also made a request through IGRS for the audit of the societies.

The residents said, “The builders have not used the high-quality materials. Plaster of the wall or ceilings has fallen in many flats on many occasions. But, the district administration has been silent over this. They are just waiting for a big casualty in high rise societies just like the Shahberi incident.”

Sumil Jalota, a resident of La Residentia, a residential society in Greater Noida, said that Shahberi building collapse has caused fear among the residents. He said that residents are worried because the seepage in the foundation is a normal sight here.

The residents on Friday went to their respective (Non Accessible) basements to inspect the situation there. They were frightened after the inspection.

The seepage and water logging in the Basement-2 of La Residentia have reached such a level that few pillars of the foundation are already showing signs of heavy damage and corrosion.

“If a Shahberi like incident happens in a high rise society like La Residentia then all the other towers will also be under high risk,” he added.

Vikas Kumar, a resident of Panchsheel Green in Noida Extension, said, “I have already sent a letter to DM for the structure audit after the tragic incident. I asked the DM to conduct a structure audit of the societies. We are also ready to pay for the audit. In the basement, we found corrosion, cracks and evidence of plaster fall.”

Col (Rtd) P Chandra, Vice President of Federation of Noida and Greater Noida AOA said, “We will soon meet and raise this concern with the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Noida Authority Alok Tandon. The audit should be done because the lives of thousands of families are at stake.”

On March 13, a portion of plaster fell from the ceiling in a flat in Panchsheel Greens 2 in Noida Extension. Fortunately, no one was present in the room. The same kind of incident happened on April 6 this year when a chunk of plaster fell in the apartment’s balcony in Civitech Sampriti in Sector-77 in Noida. It damaged a “Datsun Go” car from top and back.

There are more than two hundred high rise societies in Noida and Greater Noida. Many incidents of the falling of plaster and people getting stuck in lift have been witnessed. Residents alleged that the builder used the bad quality of materials in the construction of the societies.

BN Singh, the District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, told City Spidey, “It is the genuine demand from the residents. It is the responsibility of Noida and Greater Noida authority to start the structure audit of the high rises. I have not received any letter yet. But, if I find one then I will take it up with the concerned authorities for the audit.”