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Rs 2 crore Commonwealth Games Village flats good for only 20 years?

02 January 2011

NEW DELHI: They might have been sold for Rs 2 crore-plus but if a report by the technical experts of Roorkee’s Central Building Research Institute is to be believed, flats at the Commonwealth Games Village are so shoddily built that their lifespan may not be more than 20 years.

Despite 13 damaging reports from CBRI, DDA took no action on the glaring construction flaws in the Village, including lack of waterproofing that could cause flooding in the basement, that was pointed out as early as November 2009. Seepage had caused a lot of concern during the Games. 

Widely quoting from the CBRI reports, CAG has now asked DDA to explain within a week why action wasn’t taken on these reports during the construction of the complex. The letter, of which TOI has a copy, was received by the land-owning agency on Thursday.

Audit memo no. 16 points out how the third-party independent quality assurance agency had been appointed by private developer Emaar MGF eight months after the start of the project even though the project development agreement clearly stated that it should be appointed within three months for the purpose of testing raw material and monitoring construction activities. When CBRI entered the scene, the quality of the work (pile/ foundation work) executed by the developer upto May 2008 in this sensitive area of river bank could not be assured.

It is observed that nothing was found in the records produced to audit which assured that the quality work was checked by any other agency or the DDA quality assurance team, reads the letter.

In one report — of which TOI has a copy, — CBRI says: On seeing the permeability of the concrete and the corrosion of the reinforcing steel it gives an impression that, the service life of these towers can not be more than 20 years. These towers demand lot more expendure for the repair and retrofitting beyond this period. The audit memo points out that the reinforcing steel was never covered adequately despite three reports pointing to that deficit. The reinforcing steel is more prone to corrosion when exposed to moisture, oxygen, acidic environments and chlorides, which is why it is required to be covered. In many places there was chipping of the cover concrete…..

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Rs-2-crore-Commonwealth-Games-Village-flats-good-for-only-20-years/articleshow/7203125.cms#ixzz1ABO4tSRK

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Written by csirindia

January 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

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