SBCA declares 422 Karachi buildings ‘dangerous’

Pic09-017 KARACHI: June09- A view of damaged multi story residential building while people are still living in building, showing the negligence of concerned authority located on Lyari area in provincial capital. ONLINE PHOTO by Sabir Mazhar

Karachi (HRNW) The Sindh Building Control Authority has declared over 400 buildings in Karachi “dangerous” for living.

The report prepared by SBCA’s Technical Committee on Dangerous Buildings said there are at least 422 dangerous buildings in the city. Of them, 273 dilapidated ones are in Saddar Town alone.

According to the report, there are 49 such buildings in Lyari, 46 in Liaquatabad, 10 in Gulberg, nine in Jamshed Town, eight in Gulshan Town, six in Malir, four each in Keamari and North Nazimabad, and three each in Baldia Town and Shah Faisal Town.

SBCA officials say they have issued evacuation notices to owners of these buildings. But people don’t evacuate them because of no alternate places to live, they say.

The report by the SBCA came two days after a multi-storey building collapsed in Lyari. According to the area residents, the building was trembling minutes before it collapsed, killing at least 13 people.

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