Gurugram: Structural audit of 16 highrises over, report likely today

GURUGRAM: The structural audit reports of 16 residential societies in the city are likely to be
released on Thursday, with the four agencies roped in for the job having submitted the same to
the deputy commissioner’s office.
The report will reveal the status of the buildings in these societies, officials said.
In the first week of August, the district administration finalised the four agencies for carrying out
structural audits of 17 housing societies where residents alleged serious flaws in construction
quality. The audit began in the second week of September.

Gurugram’s deputy commissioner Nishant Yadav told TOI, “We have received the audit reports
of the 16 societies, where the residents raised issues related to serious construction-related
defects. Additional DC Vishram Kumar Meena, district town planner (enforcement) Amit
Madholia and I will review the same before its release on Thursday.”
A total of 17 residential societies were initially identified for structural audits, but later Uniworld
Garden 2 was removed from the list as the apex court had already ordered an audit of the
project. The agencies audited 201 residential towers in these societies, spread over an area of
around 2.5 crore sq ft. The audit cost of around Rs 4.5 crore will be borne by the developers of
these societies.
According to the work order, the audit agencies would conduct a detailed visual survey of the
buildings, both internally and externally, and record the observation of the distressed parts, level
of deterioration, and damage to slabs, columns and beams. The agencies were to be paid at the
rate of Rs 1.75 per sqft and the cost of the audit was to be borne by the developers.
The audit was to be completed in 45 days but it got delayed by over a month as few of these
developers did not make the payments for the same despite several reminders by the
authorities. The department of town and country planning (DTCP) consequently recommended
a ban on the registration of sale and lease deeds in the projects of the defaulters.
Initially the district administration had prepared a list of 60 residential projects, having poor
construction quality and structural defects, on the basis of complaints received from
homebuyers in the past two years. Most of these residential societies are located along
the Dwarka Expressway and Southern Peripheral Road, and constructed by prominent
developers, including DLF, M3M, Raheja and Signature Global.

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