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Vijai directs SGPDA to stop work at wall collapse site in Margao

Margao: Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardessai directed South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA)  to immediately issue stop work order to Lotus Builders whose excavated portion collapsed last night and also said some new features will have to be introduced by the PDAs for constructions in urban areas.After visiting the site this afternoon, Vijai also hinted at some major changes that need to be incorporated while permitting constructions in urban areas and particularly in Margao where, he said, parking has remained only on paper while in reality most parking lots have been converted into shops.Executive Engineer Prasad Palondikar who was called as an expert revealed that “soil nailing’ is used by the National Highways to stabilize roads even at the height of 40 metres and assured to get experts in this technology to work on the site tomorrow itself and added that the work would be completed within 15 days.
Vijai directed that this technology be used and asked Sidhardh Rivonkar the builder to bear the cost and get it done immediately. “Soil nailing” is nothing but driving a five metre long nail in the form of iron rods in the soil at intervals of about 10 mts to stabilize the soil.Later speaking to media persons he said the SGPDA will have to incorporate certain things in future given the fact that buildings are bound to up vertically due to lack of space and demands of time.In the first place he said it would be mandatory to identify an agency specialized in constructing the basements as these will be necessary henceforth for any building in urban areas.He also said that he will introduce “post occupancy audit” for all buildings in urban areas and particularly in Margao to ensure that no parking spaces are converted into shops which he said is the case with most buildings in Margao. [H]

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