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To curb building law violations by errant developers in the city, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has planned to take strict actions against by penalizing them. The decision has been taken in lieu of the recent collapse of two buildings on Hutchins Road, Pulakeshinagar.

According to the civic body officials, it has been noted that in the past five years, as many as hundreds of buildings have collapsed in the city. This happened due to building law violations as well as missed routine checks during the construction of the building.

Giving more information on the above, a senior BBMP official said, “Most of the buildings that collapsed in recent years were relatively new as well as few were under-construction.”

As per the list, four under-construction buildings, a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and two buildings at Hutchins Road were collapsed since 2018.

Another survey which was conducted by the Fire and Emergency Services Department (FESD) of the city revealed that out of the 35,000 high-rise residential projects at present, less than 5,000 have only been provided with a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the department. This indicates how the builders are playing with norms and regulations. However, no efforts were taken by the civic body to curb this menace.

Due to recent collapse, the BBMP now have planned to take strict actions and have asked all the builders to submit reports of structural engineers and the testing of materials used during the construction of the building whether residential or commercial. Apart from this, some other documents have been asked by the civic body for the submission.

Welcoming the move by the BBMP, experts from the construction industry said most of the building which is being developed in Bengaluru today is violating the prescribed norms like the use of low-quality construction materials, weak foundations, etc. This is the main reason for the recent accidents that have taken place in the city.