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Public unaware of statutory controls: AREIDA

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 7 � The Assam Real Estate and Infrastructure Developers� Association (AREIDA) president P K Sarma today regretted that the strict statutory controls in the construction of the high-rise buildings in Assam, both at the design and execution stages, have mostly remained unknown to the common people.

In a statement here, Sarma said the services of the registered technical persons (RTP) on record, is mandatory for any project and form numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 of the Building Bye-laws for the State have to be submitted by the relevant architects, structural engineers and construction engineers pledging their statutory duties at the application stage itself.

The owner, or the builder, has to abide by the directions and supervision controls of the RTPs and cannot remove them during the project construction period.�

The form number 6 signed by the structural engineer, or architect, pledges safety in structural design for hazards like earthquakes, based on the IS codes.

The form number 7 signed by the architect, or the engineer, pledges that plans have been prepared as per law and that the execution shall be carried out under their direction, and supervision of a Construction Engineer on record.

By signing the form 9, the construction engineer assumes charge of execution of the work as per specifications. He is debarred from supervising more than 10 works at a time.�

At every stage of work, reports must be issued by the construction engineer directly to the authorities that each stage was done under his supervision and as per specifications.

Upon completion of the building, all the RTPs have to issue mandatory certificates, in forms 16, 17, 18 and 19, that work was carried out under their supervision and as per the IS codes.

Reacting to the views expressed by geotechnical engineer Dr Diganta Goswami (The Assam Tribune, May 2, 2015) on the issue, Sarma said it appears that Dr Goswami is not familiar with the rules, although he himself is a geotechnical engineer engaged in the private practice of soil investigation for building construction.

For any building, detailed soil investigation as per the IS: 1892, by a registered geotechnical engineer is mandatory and the report of the investigation should be submitted along with the application for building permission. The number of bore holes and the methodology of pile load test, and materials testing records, is the domain of the RTPs, and not the owner, or the builder, contrary to Dr Goswami�s views.�

The views of Dr Sarada Kanta Sarma (The Assam Tribune, May 6, 2015) on the IS codes and the need for study and research is welcome. However, it appears that he is not conversant with the building regulations, as he has confined his observation on common construction faults to construction workers and builders alone, instead of the RTPs.

However, it is a fact that these strict regulations are confined to buildings on myadi patta land only, Sarma said.

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Public unaware of statutory controls: AREIDA

GUWAHATI, May 7 � The Assam Real Estate and Infrastructure Developers� Association (AREIDA) president P K Sarma today regretted that the strict statutory controls in the construction of the high-rise buildings in Assam, both at the design and execution stages, have mostly remained unknown to the common people.

In a statement here, Sarma said the services of the registered technical persons (RTP) on record, is mandatory for any project and form numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 of the Building Bye-laws for the State have to be submitted by the relevant architects, structural engineers and construction engineers pledging their statutory duties at the application stage itself.

The owner, or the builder, has to abide by the directions and supervision controls of the RTPs and cannot remove them during the project construction period.�

The form number 6 signed by the structural engineer, or architect, pledges safety in structural design for hazards like earthquakes, based on the IS codes.

The form number 7 signed by the architect, or the engineer, pledges that plans have been prepared as per law and that the execution shall be carried out under their direction, and supervision of a Construction Engineer on record.

By signing the form 9, the construction engineer assumes charge of execution of the work as per specifications. He is debarred from supervising more than 10 works at a time.�

At every stage of work, reports must be issued by the construction engineer directly to the authorities that each stage was done under his supervision and as per specifications.

Upon completion of the building, all the RTPs have to issue mandatory certificates, in forms 16, 17, 18 and 19, that work was carried out under their supervision and as per the IS codes.

Reacting to the views expressed by geotechnical engineer Dr Diganta Goswami (The Assam Tribune, May 2, 2015) on the issue, Sarma said it appears that Dr Goswami is not familiar with the rules, although he himself is a geotechnical engineer engaged in the private practice of soil investigation for building construction.

For any building, detailed soil investigation as per the IS: 1892, by a registered geotechnical engineer is mandatory and the report of the investigation should be submitted along with the application for building permission. The number of bore holes and the methodology of pile load test, and materials testing records, is the domain of the RTPs, and not the owner, or the builder, contrary to Dr Goswami�s views.�

The views of Dr Sarada Kanta Sarma (The Assam Tribune, May 6, 2015) on the IS codes and the need for study and research is welcome. However, it appears that he is not conversant with the building regulations, as he has confined his observation on common construction faults to construction workers and builders alone, instead of the RTPs.

However, it is a fact that these strict regulations are confined to buildings on myadi patta land only, Sarma said.