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NGOs to help repair dangerous buildings

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Nov 30, 2016, 4:05 am IST
Updated : Nov 30, 2016, 5:59 am IST

We will not let dangerous buildings exist in the city, which are posing risk to human lives, says Sovan Chatterjee.

Picture for representational purpose.
 Picture for representational purpose.

Kolkata: The Kolkata municipal corporation (KMC) may empower the NGOs to repair dangerous buildings if neither house owner nor tenants take up the responsibility of repairing them. The possibility was discussed by mayor Sovan Chatterjee at a high-level meeting at the civic body on Tuesday with senior officials of the building department.

“We will not let dangerous buildings exist in the city, posing risk to human lives. The law commission under the leadership of Pranab Chatterjee has submitted a draft regarding dangerous buildings. We are tallying it with our own building rules and accordingly we will bring an amendment,” Mr Chatterjee said.

As per law, the KMC can use police force to vacate any dangerous building,  if neither owner nor tenant takes up repair work. “We have been hesitant in implementing this law. Now we will not hesitate to use police force for vacating a dangerous building,” a building department official said.

The final draft will be placed for enactment of a law in the next state Assembly session.

Tags: ngo, kolkata municipal corporation, police force, old buildings
Location: India, West Bengal, Calcutta [Kolkata]