Tamil Nadu

‘Moulivakkam tragedy exposed dark side of construction business’

Justice R. Regupathy Commission that inquired into the circumstances led to the collapse of the multi-storeyed building at Moulivakkam in June last year has made series of recommendations. File photo: R. Ragu   | Photo Credit: R_Ragu

Justice R. Regupathy Commission that inquired into the circumstances led to the collapse of the multi-storeyed building at Moulivakkam in which 55 persons were killed and many injured, has made series of recommendations including a comprehensive legislation for making insurance package compulsory for builders.

The incident took place on June 28, 2014.

The report of the commission that was tabled in Assembly on Tuesday suggested comprehensive legislation or vitalisation of the existing legislation so that essential features like insurance package creating triangular responsibilities among bank, builder and customer could me made.

Introducing penal provisions, insisting upon the construction firms taking up mega projects to deposit a sizable sum in fixed deposit for 10 years are the other measures recommended by the commission.

Justice Regupathy also recommended reconstitution of the CMDA at the foundation level by forming a committee consisting of a technical officer of the agency, a law officer, experts in soil investigation, foundation design, structural engineering to compulsorily monitor all mega projects.

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"Apart from ensuring quality and compliance issues, the main task of the committee should be to inspect the site at all crucial stages, particularly during earth working for foundation, foundation concerting, laying the roof of basement floor and laying of the roof at each floor," Justice Regupathy stressed.

The commission has made a strong case for constituting a special squad to check primarily all mega projects taking place in and around the City limits so that recurrence of any bad incidents could me immediately stopped.

Justice Regupathy held six persons responsible for the collapse of the building, while pointing out that the incident was the best example about the dark side behind the real estate and construction business where money was considered to be the only ambition while lives of human beings/customers were put at stake.

The persons who have been held responsible for the collapse by the commission are Mr Manoharan, Managing Dirctor of the Sirsti Housing Private Ltd, M. Muthukamatchi and M. Balagurusamy, directors, S. Venkatasubramaniam, structural engineer, Vijay Bargotra, consultant architect and R. Duraisingam, K. Karathik and S. Sankar Ramakrishnan, site engineering.

The commission has also recommended constitution of a committee so that the loss caused to the individuals who booked the flats and the injury and damage incurred by neighbouring residents. "Their buildings may be assessed and necessary recommendations may be made by such committee and compensation can be disbursed," the Judge said.

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