Buildings not meeting DSA standard to be demolished: DMC

18 July 2018 01:11 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The buildings older than 25 years belonging to the State or private, should have to be demolished if they fail in the Detailed Structural Assessment (DSA) Report, Disaster Management Ministry Secretary N.A. Sisira Kumara said.

Speaking to the media yesterday at the ministry he said that most buildings were more than 25 years old.

“The decision was taken by the ministry following the recent building that collapsed in Colombo,” he said.

“If the DSA report on such buildings were negative there are ways to strengthen them to make them suitable for living. If that also cannot be done we have to demolish it,” he said.

He said a new law would be enacted in this regard in the near future.

“We have identified several buildings that need to be demolished along the coastal line. The decision had been taken for the safety of the people. This law is applicable to all Government and private buildings,” Mr Sisira Kumara said.

Speaking at the briefing, Disaster Management State Minister Palitha Range Bandara said laws would be enacted to make it compulsory to obtain reports on agreements from the Disaster Management Centre, Divisional Secretary, Local Government Agents, Road Development Authority, Central Environment Authority, Govijana Seva Department and Agricultural Sectors following all the development in the country. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 3

  • SHRI7 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:35 AM

    ah! another ways of means for bureaucrats and politicians,$$!!

    Prabhath Wednesday, 18 July 2018 08:21 AM

    A building is supposed to function at least 50 years if properly designed and constructed. Some of the old buildings are in better condition than many new buildings. I feel that many of the recent buildings are in poor shape owing to poor design and slipshod construction. Corrupt officers have permitted these to come up. In fact some of them collapsed while being constructed. CMC, which has the task of ensuring quality of many of these seems to be utterly incompetent.

    Cricy Wednesday, 18 July 2018 08:28 AM

    All those reports means bribes and more bribes, without any actual development. Implement a straightforward process.

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