It appears that the building is over 50 years old? It is usual to take adequate factor of safety while designing these buildings. From the report one perceives that the loading on roof per sq feet seems to be abnormally high due to which the Engineers have felt the seriousness. Senior Engineers on a glimpse can decide these matters. Ultimately, We have to have better designs, good specs. followed by good execution (not substandard) of work and its timely completion.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: May 26, 2013 at 08:32 IST

Dear Sir,
The loads taken on slab while designing are1.deadload of concrete2.the live load acting on the slab depending on the type of building.In case of residentila buildings the DEAD LOADS AND THE LIVE LOADS are considered butthe loading due to artificial garden on the slab is not considered.This results in additional stresses in SLAB for which no steel is provided are taken into account.The final RESULT is the distress of slab.I HOPE it is clear now.

from:  suresh R.V
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 15:17 IST

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