Sabzi Mandi Building Collapse: Fresh North MCD Investigation Identifies 18 “High Risk” Structures in Malkaganj Municipal District | Latest Delhi News



“After further investigation, we identified around 18 buildings that either needed to be demolished or needed major refurbishment to ensure structural stability. Two of the buildings have already been evacuated for demolition, and part of another has already been demolished, ”said a senior company official, who asked not to be named.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has identified at least 18 high-risk structures in the municipal district of Malkaganj where a four-story building collapsed last week, killing two children. Officials said they identified the buildings in a new investigation shortly after the incident.

Officials said those identified were at least 50 to 60 years old. “After further investigation, we identified around 18 buildings that either needed to be demolished or needed major refurbishment to ensure structural stability. Two of the buildings have already been evacuated for demolition, and part of another has already been demolished, ”said a senior company official, who asked not to be named.

Last Monday, two children were walking past a building on the main road in the Old Sabzi Mandi neighborhood when its front section collapsed, buried in rubble. The collapsed building was not on the list of “dangerous” buildings identified during the pre-monsoon investigation by the civic body.

Most of these buildings, being older structures, are vacant or subject to litigation, the DMC North said. “Notices have been issued to owners of all these properties under the relevant sections of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957. In addition, awareness campaigns are carried out to educate people about the importance of structural security,” he said. declared the responsible.

The civic body’s pre-monsoon investigation in May-June to detect such structures in its six areas identified 699 properties as “unsafe” while 444 others were identified for needed repairs, officials said. The collapsed building fell within the area of ​​civilian lines.

The pre-monsoon survey showed that the civilian lines area has 89 “hazardous” properties; Municipal Ward 13 (the Malkaganj neighborhood, where the incident took place) has 20 “dangerous” structures – this week’s new investigation identified 18 more. Of the 20 buildings identified in the pre-monsoon survey, nine are on the same stretch where the four-story building collapsed.

The civic body had ordered an investigation into the building collapse incident, the report of which has not yet been submitted, the official added.

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