IMC asks building owners to submit documents
In the aftermath of the incident in which a portion of a rickety building collapsed killing one and injuring three other pedestrians in the heart of the Imphal city, Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) directed the building owners along BT Road near Flyover Bridge to submit relevant documents so as to ascertain whether the buildings are constructed as per provisions of the Imphal Municipal Building Bye-laws, 2013.
The incident happened on May 10 around 4 pm, as the building between Tampha store and RK Book store along the BT road crumbled, killing one Sarto Soweikhup Kom, 60, from Games village at the spot. Thounaojam Kishan, 27, son of Th Kenjit of Mayang Imphal Anilongbi, M.L Sangkhu, 40, wife of M.L Kodil of Sandangsenba Maring and Moson Tungsil, 55, wife of Moson Modul of Sandangsenba sustained injuries in the unfortunate incident.
A team of engineering section of IMC that inspected the site yesterday reported that the buildings falls under the category of Residential/Commercial/Shop cum Store/Public building/Multi storeyed building/Lifeline Building which has G+2 (three) storeys.
According to the Bye-Laws, such buildings should be structurally safe and strong to ensure public safety, especially during occurrence of natural calamities.
As such, a notice signed by municipal commissioner of IMC was issued to the shop and building owners to categorically produce/submit six documents namely; approval accord by the IMC for construction of the building; approval for any change or deviation from the approved drawing of the building, if any deviation has been made during construction; copy of the structural drawing of the building; name of the engineer/architect, who designed the structure of the building; a certificate of the engineer to the effect that, the building is safe for human habitation and copy of the completion cum occupancy certificate issued by the IMC.
The aforesaid documents should be furnished within a period of seven days, failing which the corporation shall take up necessary action in terms of the Manipur Municipalities Act, 1994 and the Imphal Municipal Council building bye laws, 2013, cautioned the notice.
The contents of the above notice was quite contradictory to what an IMC official said on the day of the incident while speaking to media persons. He had said that in the context of Manipur, there is no exact figure with the IMC, the number of buildings constructed in accordance with the bye-laws. He had also mentioned that most of the buildings in the area were constructed about 100 years back and is very unlikely to be in accordance with the bye laws.
Meanwhile, on receipt of the notice, the shop owners expressed their opinion that IMC should have taken the steps much earlier before any casualties instead of giving harassment to them instantaneously by forcing them to shut down their shops.
Since the day itself, the shop owners and salesmen were asked to keep their shops closed until proper verification of buildings is conducted by the IMC for safety measures.
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