Building code: Time for a quality check

Jul 05 2014, 08:15 IST
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The structural design is one area that is mostly self-regulatory. The structural design is one area that is mostly self-regulatory.
SummaryWhile there are rules for building design, there is none to check if the construction quality matches with those designs. It is mostly a self-regulatory process across the country

vetted by IIT Delhi or other leading institutions, the authorities are not checking it on ground,” says Abhay Kumar, CMD, Griha Pravesh Buildteck, a Noida-based developer.

This points to the need for bringing the construction and real estate industry up to par with world standards.

Sawhney calls for a system on the lines of Singapore’s Construction Quality Assessment System, launced in 1989, which serves as a standard assessment system on building quality. “The assessment consists of three main components: structural works, architectural works and building services works. India needs a system like this that helps all stakeholders to work in unison to achieve the highest quality standards,” says Sawhney.

He cites the case of the United States where the local authority conducts 10-12 inspections over the lifecycle of a building. “In India this can be done by licensed third-party inspectors.”

“The responsibility of the structural stability lies with the authority but the periodic checks that should happen from the Authority's side never takes place,” says Kunal Ravi Singh, the advocate for the buyers in the recent Supertech case.

Construction quality is also becoming a primary concern among buyers moving into their newly-built apartments. With no monitoring mechanism in place to reassure residents, it is the fledgling resident welfare association or the cooperative housing society that has to figure out ways to treat the seepage problem, their first major challenge.

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