Special Correspondent

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation has drawn up a plan of action to target structures in commercial buildings that pose risk to the public, Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra said on Tuesday.

The civic body had already launched a crackdown on structures found to have violated building rules, especially those that had not provided the mandatory space for parking vehicles. Now, buildings that did not have proper safety measures would also face the heat.

The Commissioner said the drive would focus on inadequate exits for people to escape from life-threatening incidents such as fire. Simultaneously, the problem of the lack of parking space in buildings and the resultant parking on roads would also be addressed.

Mr. Mishra said he discussed these issues with City Police Commissioner K.C. Mahali and other senior officials of the city police. The Corporation had also prepared a list of unsafe structures and identified along with the police roads where parking choked traffic flow.

The Corporation would issue notices and carry out demolition, wherever necessary, in co-ordination with the Local Planning Authority.

Mr. Mishra said D.B. Road at R.S. Puram, Avanashi Road and Oppanakara Street were some of the areas where commercial complexes were full of violations. A multi-storeyed departmental store off Cross-Cut Road was again under the Corporation’s scanner.

This building had been described as dangerous for the public in a report prepared by the Fire and Rescue Services Department.