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Home Losers Assn faces complications Tuesday, March 27, 2001
AHMEDABAD: The Home Losers Association (HLA), a body formed to expedite re-construction of those buildings which either collapsed or were demolished because of the quake, already has it's hands full with problems, some very peculiar in nature.
With the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) having stalled all procedures involved in passing building plans, even stopping construction activity that was underway as of January 26, it seems that residents of those buildings which fell or were demolished will have to wait for a few more months.
As such the fate of 21 buildings still standing, but dangerous to live in will be decided by a committee set up by the High Court, while no new construction activity will be allowed in the city before the new building laws are announced.
Some of the problems being faced by the residents are not all technical in nature. A resident of Shrinathji Apartment in Maninagar area that collapsed on January 26 said some of the residents are not willing to stay in the same place, as they feel that place may become haunted or jinxed. Another resident of Mansi Complex demanded to know as to what the HLA planned to do regarding re-construction of the complex. While one block collapsed in the quake, the other blocks have been referred to a committee by the High Court.
A third complication brought out at the meeting was what should be done in cases where the builder himself owns three or four flats in collapsed or demolished building. Shah said the HLA has sought the advice of advocates in this and the only solution in such cases is that if the builder owns less than 30 per cent of the flats, a new association of members should be formed and a meeting be held to decide about the builder.
``We have decided to make building plans and submit these to the authorities concerned by April 30 although they will not pass them. We will then meet people in Gandhinagar and the fight will go on,'' said Shreekant Shah, co-ordinator of HLA. He, however, admitted that it will take at least an year-and-a-half before people get to stay in new apartments constructed on the same place where they existed earlier.
Confronted with problems like people not wanting to stay at the same place, Shah said he was urging the residents, to sort these matters among themselves. ``The residents have to sit and agree to a common programme if the apartment has to be constructed soon,'' he added.
The HLA has compiled a list of structural engineers, architects, providers of building materials and others, whom affected persons can meet, and get plans made.