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AUDA chief rejects AMC standing committee chairman's proposal Saturday, March 17, 2001
AHMEDABAD: AMC standing committee chairman Badruddin Sheikh at a meeting in Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority's (AUDA) office suggested that action be initiated against guilty officials responsible for building collapses in the fringe areas of Ahmedabad.
Sheikh said like in AMC, the AUDA too should do some soul searching and initiate disciplinary action against officials responsible for inspection and passing of buildings plans. The action, he said, should be taken in context of the collapse of 12 high- and low-rises in AUDA area. At present, about seven multi-storeyed structures fall under the severely damaged category.
AUDA chairman Surendra Patel, who was at the meeting, turned down this suggestion. Patel said that officials of the concerned departments cannot be held responsible for this disaster.
Later while speaking to TOI Sheikh reiterated, "I believe that the guilty should be punished. The AMC has taken disciplinary action against certain officials of the TDO and have initiated ACB investigation into probable cases of corruption. I believe AUDA should do the same."
Sheikh informed that of the 221 housing schemes present in the AUDA area 100 buildings in 42 schemes do not have fire safety measures which is in violation of the High Court's directives.
The AMC standing committee chairman suggested that while the state government should extend financial aid for fitting of fire safety measures in these buildings and that areas under the jurisdiction of AUDA should be divided into three zones, each equipped with a fire fighting station. Sheikh also proposed that henceforth the AUDA should make installation of fire safety measures mandatory before any building plan is passed.