Over 21,000 buildings in state unsafe

Over 21,000 buildings across the State have been found to be unsafe as owners of those buildings haven't obtained No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Karnataka State Fire & Emergency Services (KSF and ES).

The KSF and ES has undertaken a survey across the State to identify buildings lacking NOC. During the first round of survey, it has emerged that owners of over 21,000 buildings across haven't obtained NOC.

The survey is underway in Bengaluru, Mysure, Hubballi-Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Mysure, Belagavi, Ballari, Vijayapura, Davangere, Shimogga, Mangaluru and Tumakuru municipal corporations.

"The survey to identify buildings lacking NOC is underway across the State. Exact number of buildings lacking NOC would be available in a week's time," N R Markandeya,Deputy Director, KSF and ES told DH.

A report of such buildings would be submitted to seniors for action for violating provisions of National Building Code of India-2005, he said.

The KSF and ES officials have submitted the report of the first round of survey to chief secretary who has constituted a committee to act against owners of building violating fire safety norms.

In Bengaluru alone, owners of 18,000 buildings haven't yet obtained the NOC.

"The department issues the NOC based on blueprint of the building. Once the building is fully constructed, the officials inspect it again and issue a fresh NOC," a senior officer said.

However, owners should apply seeking the NOC. KSF and ES won't voluntarily inspect and issue the NOC.

According to him, some people construct buildings and sell them off. In some cases, owners rent out buildings. The owners don't apply for NOC as they very well know that they would be caught during inspection.

Action is not taken against owners of such buildings due to lack of coordination among government agencies. The KSF and ES lacks power to initiate action, but can only recommend action.

"The Department had identified as many as 12,000 building lacking NOC in 2010. We recommended BSWWB and Bescom to disconnect water and power supplies to such buildings.
However, our recommendations were not implemented," he said.

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