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02 July 2013

Stricter Norms For Highrises in Mizoram

Aizawl, Jul 2 : The Mizoram government has asked the Aizawl district administration, state disaster management authority, PWD and Aizawl municipal council to strictly abide by the existing building norms to regulate the construction of highrises.

A senior official of the Aizawl district administration today said an 11-storeyed building at Tuikual road in Dawrpui street will be razed in the next four months, as this building is now considered a “geological hazard” and a threat to constructions nearby.

C.T. Zakhuma, the chairman of the Congress-run Aizawl Municipal Council, today told The Telegraph that the building is perched on a rock on a hill slope, and poses a threat to the buildings along Dawrpui, a busy commercial area. A businessman named Darchhinga owns it.

Aizawl district magistrate Franklin Laltinkhuma said he had ordered the dismantling of the 11-storey building, having many flats and trading complexes, late last month after reports obtained from the district disaster management authority, department of geology and mining and PWD.

He added that they had received complaints from Tui-kual north local council chairman Lalmingthanga, who is the branch secretary of the Young Mizo Association, the largest NGO in Mizoram, on the threat the building posed.

Zakhuma added that the corporation had recently amended a few sections of the Aizawl Building Regulation Norms, 2013, last month.

It had made it mandatory for those who want to build houses in the hills to prepare the site plans for these, adhering to all regulations before permission is granted.

The official said the highrises are considered unsafe during earthquakes and landslides, which are frequent occurrences in Aizawl town. He said the district administration will inspect highrises to see if these can withstand heavy rain and landslides, like those witnessed in Uttarakhand last month.

Aizawl, with a population of over two lakh people, is now chock-a-block with tall buildings, numbering over 100, a majority of which have come up on the hills.


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