Gurugram Authorities to Raze Down High-Rise That’s ‘Beyond Repair’

A tower of Chintels Paradiso society in Gurugram, which had partially collapsed in February killing two women, will be demolished, the district administration said on Saturday citing a report by an IIT Delhi team that found structural deficiencies “beyond repair”.

Two women were killed after the dining room floor of a sixth-floor apartment of the Tower D at Chintels Paradiso in Sector 109 came down on February 10, triggering the collapse of roofs and floors directly under it, until the first floor.

The 18-floor tower has 50 flats.

Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav, while sharing the report of the IIT team on Saturday, said the team has found structural deficiencies in the construction of the tower, whose repair is not possible on technical and economic grounds. “Therefore, the entire Tower D of Chintels Paradiso society should be demolished,” Yadav said.

The deputy commissioner is likely to fix the date of demolition on Monday.

In a statement, the Chintels Paradiso said, “Ever since the unfortunate incident, we have been cooperating with the authorities and also with the affected residents in every possible way and will continue to do so”.

The incident had prompted the authorities to conduct a structural audit of several high-rise buildings in the city.

“The repair work was done unmonitored. The steel corroded reinforcements had been painted from the top to hide corrosion. The methodology of repair was also not in accordance with the requisite standard. The sampling of Tower D has found it had high chloride content and the quality of concrete is poor, due to which it is not habitable,” DC Yadav said citing the report.

“The report has recommended that Tower D should be permanently closed and the process of its demolition should be initiated. A detailed order for demolition will be passed most probably on Monday”, he added.

The DC said the process of structural audit is also going on in Tower ‘E’ and ‘F’ of the same society that has a total of nine towers. The report of the audit will soon be out, he said.

“Builder will be asked to enter into a rent agreement with their flat owners by getting both these towers vacated. Construction samples have been collected from both these towers,” Yadav said.

“There are 28 flats in Tower E and 22 in Tower F. The cost of shifting of flat owners to rent to another location will be borne by the builder”, he added.

Responding to a query, DC Yadav said the builder will be instructed to get the flats vacated and initiate the demolition process. “Instructions will also be given to the developer to settle claims of home allottees of the tower in a time-bound manner”.

After the partial collapse in Tower D, the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) had ordered a structural audit of the affected towers. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by the additional deputy commissioner was also formed to probe the incident.

In March 2022, a preliminary inspection report submitted by the team from IIT-Delhi to the committee probing the collapse had found that the steel reinforcements in the debris and collapsed portion were corroded, and there were rust marks on pieces of concrete.

(With PTI inputs)

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