New committee comprises five district officials; to give report in 3 months
Gurugram, Feb. 25 (Delhi Crown): Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav has reconstituted the team to probe into the Feb. 10 vertical collapse incident at Tower-D of Chintels Paradiso housing society in Sector-109.
Now, instead of the earlier two members, the probe team will have five members led by Additional District Magistrate (ADM). The team will also include Chief Engineer (Building, PWD, B&R), Superintending Engineer (Gurugram Circle), District Town Planner (Enforcement), and ACP, Udyog Vihar.
Two women had died and many were injured in the vertical collapse incident in Tower-D of Chintels Paradiso, an unprecedented incident in the country’s real estate history.
The new Committee will find out the reasons behind the vertical collapse and fix the responsibility after the scrutiny of the roles of various persons/agencies/processes involved in the matter, viz. the Builder, the Contractor, Structural Engineer, Proof Consultant and Supervising Architect/Engineer. Government Agencies/officials, the processes followed, the building material used, the nature of alteration/modification that was being undertaken at the site when the mishap occurred.
The Committee has also been tasked to determine the root cause of failure of the structure after conducting appropriate testing of building materials, rubble, exposed reinforcement bars, aggregates etc.
Besides, it has been directed to ascertain whether the affected block is structurally safe for habitation or can be made safe for habitation after undertaking any suggested measures.
After completing the entire probe the Committee will also suggest safeguards/measures to be followed to avoid such mishaps in future. Any suggestion with respect to safety of other building blocks in the housing society can be made by the Committee.
During the process of carrying out the probe, the Committee has been given a free hand to engage/consult any agency/institution as it may deem fit from time to time.
The new probe committee has been tasked to complete the investigation and submit its final report in three months.
As per the terms and conditions, the probe team shall supervise the re-settlement of families who were residing in Tower-D of the Chintels Paradiso housing society and shall also provide options/modalities for shifting of families of the said Tower which may also include the expertise of evaluation of market rates/interior works etc.
Keeping in view the residents’ grievances regarding structure defects in Towers E, F, G and H in about 100 flats, the new Committee will also monitor/supervise shifting of families residing in these towers till the finalisation of structural audit. The responsibility of modalities of shifting (of families) will lie with the developer/builder, i.e. Ashok Solomon.
The new Committee will also coordinate and engage with the expert team appointed by the IIT-Delhi for the structure audit (on request of the Dept. of Town and Country Planning) of the said housing society.