Teams of officials from the Revenue and Fire and Rescue Services departments, Local Planning Authority and the police have started inspecting the public buildings in the city.
District Collector M. Karunagaran told The Hindu on Tuesday that the inspections commenced on Tuesday and would be completed in a week. As many as 15 teams would inspect schools, colleges, hospitals and marriage halls in the city for building rule violations, deviations, approvals, and safety norms. Based on the reports, action would be taken on the buildings with violations.
Following a fire accident that claimed four lives last week at Vigneshwar Cresta, a commercial building on Avanashi Road here, the Collector had said that all public buildings in the district would be inspected.
Meanwhile, the Revenue Divisional Officer issued notice under section 133 (d) of the Criminal Procedure Code to the owner of Vigneshwar Cresta as it was an unauthorised structure and did not have the mandatory safety provisions. The owner was represented by his counsel at the first hearing, which was held on Monday. The second would be held on Friday.
Officials of the Local Planning Authority (LPA) and the Coimbatore Corporation continued the drive to seal unauthorised structures in the city. The Corporation had identified 55 buildings and the LPA had identified 146 structures. The LPA had all the details of the buildings identified by it and it would continue the drive, placing all the 146 buildings under seal. The building owners had a month’s time to either regularise the buildings or set right the violations. If they do not do so, then the buildings with violations or without approval could be demolished, an official of the LPA said.