The civic agency has asked the builder to get an audit done of all elevated structures on the premises of the housing society by an expert team from IIT and file a report within a week.
GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has issued a notice to the builder of ATS Advantage following the collapse of a portion of an 'elevated structure', meaning a protruding structure or a small balcony in which a slab is supported by iron bars on both sides.
A part of the elevated structure fell from the 24th floor of one of the 23 towers in the housing society in Indirapuram's Ahmisa Khand 1 on Sunday. The civic agency has asked the builder to get an audit done of all elevated structures on the premises of the housing society by an expert team from IIT and file a report within a week.
Y N Chowdhary, assistant engineer, GDA enforcement wing, told TOI that a portion of the elevated structure had fallen from the 24th floor of Tower No. 18 on Sunday. "Though no one was injured in the accident, the residents filed a complaint with the GDA," Chowdhary said, adding, "The very next day our team inspected all 23 towers and found technical faults with the elevated structure following which a notice was issued to the builder."
According to the notice, ATS Builder has been asked to carry out maintenance work as the elevated structure angle in the different towers has partially rusted. "We have asked the builder to get the technical fault rectified and seek the assistance of an expert committee from IIT and file a report within one week," Chowdhary said.
When contacted, Anand Gitambar, CMD, ATS Builder, told TOI that it was a minor incident wherein a portion of the elevated structure gave way and, in keeping with the directive of the GDA, an audit of all 23 towers in the society has been done. "We will follow the GDA's direction, get rid of the technical fault with the structures and file a reply shortly," Gitambar said.
Ashok Kumar, president, ATS Advantage AOA, told TOI that the structure giving way like this was a serious issue and after Sunday's incident residents panicked that a recurrence of the collapse could result in a human casualty. "So, as a precautionary measure a complaint was filed with the GDA which inspected the towers and did find technical faults with the structures," Kumar said.
Close to 6,000 residents live in ATS Advantage's 23 towers that have 24 storys each.