New Delhi: Learning from the past mistakes, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to impart training to its engineers to identify unsafe buildings in the capital. With the past memories of Lalita Park, Uttam Nagar and Chandni Mahal tragedy still etched in the minds of the Delhiites, the MCD in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Institute will provide training to its Engineers in this regard.

A provision has been made in the financial year 2012-13 for the purpose.
Last year, a tragic collapse of a five storey building at Lalita Park in East Delhi on November 15 had claimed 70 lives. The preliminary investigations had revealed that the building was illegally constructed. Water logging in its basement due to the flooded Yamuna had weakened the base of the structure that led to the tragedy.

Post-tragedy, the MCD had decided to carry out a survey of similar structure on the banks of Yamuna. Since the MCD engineers lacked the skill, a team of engineers was called from the Central Building Research Institute in Roorkee for the purpose.

The team had marked 38 buildings in the area and had directed the MCD to carry out retro fitting of the buildings in order to strengthen the structure.
However, no efforts were made in this regard while no action has been taken to curb illegal construction in the capital. People still carry out construction without getting any map clearance.

According to MCD Commissioner KS Mehra, the training will help in identifying unsafe buildings in a proper manner. Also, the engineers will also be aware of what arrangements can be made in case of identification of an unsafe building. Initially, junior engineers will be trained for the purpose.

JPN/Bureau