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Ganj is safe, claims LMC engg wing!

May 19, 2006 12:12 AM IST

THE LIST of unsafe buildings released by Lucknow Municipal Corporation?s engineering department has put bosses into a tricky situation.

THE LIST of unsafe buildings released by Lucknow Municipal Corporation’s  engineering department has put bosses into a tricky situation.

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Reason! The list released by the engineering department shows there is ‘no unsafe’ building in Hazratganj. But, the LMC declared Love Lane unsafe after the Tuesday incident. It may be recalled that since last two days senior officials of  the LMC have been claiming that fresh eviction notices have been served on the occupants of Love Lane unsafe buildings. “Many buildings are listed ‘unsafe’ in the LMC records,” claimed the bosses.

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The list of dangerous buildings in zone I released by LMC’s engineering department contains 83 buildings, including a LMC school in Ganeshganj, Khandhari Bazar Police Chowki, rear portion of Sarojini Devi Dharshala, Basic Kanya Vidyalaya Chachi Kuan, Rajkiya Rachnatmak Prshikshan Mahavidyalaya Mir Taki Mir Marg. But, the LMC has not found time to demolish these buildings till now.

The list released on Thursday has 10 dangerous buildings in Nazarbagh ward, 4 buildings in Shivaji Ward, 8 in Ganesh Ganj ward, 7 in Golaganj ward, 5 in Lal Kuan ward, 2 in Ramtirth ward, 4 in Jagdish Chandra Bose ward, 5 in Aminabad ward, 2 in Maulviganj ward, 4 in Mashakganj ward, 2 in Abdul Hameed ward, 5 in Murli Nagar ward, 5 in Vikramaditya ward, 7 in Yadunath Sanyal ward, 4 in Basheeratganj ward, and eight in Netai Subhash ward, while it shows no dangerous building in Babu Banarsi Das ward and Hazratganj ward.

A senior official of the LMC said, “Engineering department staff are not ready to learn  lessons from the tragic incident in Love Lane. The engineering section seems to have paid scant attention to the incident, in which a precious life was lost. Instead of behaving responsibly they are fooling the people.”

The chief engineer had found no time till date to visit the site and look into the reasons of wall collapse on Tuesday.

When contacted chief engineer SK Srivastava said, “ We have other works to do, besides making list of dangerous buildings, or visiting these sites. It’s for the owners of dangerous buildings to contact us and get their buildings demolished.”

The release of list only adds to the confusion in the department, officials felt.

On the other hand additional municipal commissioner Santosh Kumar is unhappy with the incomplete list released by the chief engineer’s office. “This is an incomplete list. There are many heritage buildings in Hazratganj which are on the list of dangerous buildings. I have asked the chief engineer to re-check the list and then release it again,” he said.    

“We have issued notices to Mirza Nasirullah Beg, owner of building where two giant hoardings are fixed, Darpan Advertiser for fixing the steel structure on heritage building, Northern India Refrigeration, Bata Building,” he explained.

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    Anupam Srivastava is a Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, Lucknow. Has produced exclusive stories in medical, civil aviation, civic, political and other issues for over 20 years.

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