Panel declares Assembly Complex unsafe

Uncertainty Prevails Over Conduct Of Budget Session

AKSHAY AZAD

Jammu, Dec 15: A high level panel, constituted by the government to probe the damage caused to Legislative Assembly complex in Jammu, has declared a major portion of it as unsafe putting government in dock over the conduct of the forthcoming budget session here.
 A portion of the Assembly complex here collapsed on December 10 reportedly due to construction work going on nearby, prompting the Jammu and Kashmir government to set up a three-member panel to probe the damage caused to it.
 The panel comprising of Chief Engineer, Road and Buildings (Jammu), Tehsin Mustafa, Chief Engineer, D L Sharma and Managing Director, Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation, MM Gupta, has submitted a detailed report to the government.
 Sources said the report indicated that the portion of the complex collapsed as the structure is old. However, it could not be ascertained if the Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation, carrying out the construction work of new complex was exonerated from the liability.
 However, it was reliably learnt that the panel has given a detailed note of the damage caused to the structure. “The panel has declared portion of the complex, including press gallery, office of Deputy Chief Minister and office of Law Minister as completely unsafe for usage”, they said adding, “Similar opinion has been given with regard to the office of Speaker and other adjoining chambers, which have developed cracks”.
 Though Engineer, Road and Buildings (Jammu), Tehsin Mustafa, who was heading the panel, could not be reached for comment, Speaker Legislative Assembly Muhammad Akbar Lone admitted that the report has been submitted.
 The panel report has also put the government in dock over holding of the budget session in the complex. The budget session is usually held in the month of February-March every year.
 “If the panel has declared the building unsafe it would not be wise enough to put the life of legislators and employees at risk,” sources added.
 However, Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone said that the decision would be taken after examining the report of the panel.
 A separate technical team from New Delhi had also visited the spot and examined the sustainability of the complex. The report of the technical team is awaited.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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