CHITRAL: Construction of high-rise buildings poses high risk to public safety.
Chitral is witnessing a competitive increase in the construction of high-rise buildings particularly in the main Chitral and Drosh towns.
This is dangerous as the area is on an active seismic zone, says experts.
But builders continue to construct high-rise buildings violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs). These high-rise buildings are becoming a permanent threat not only to people living and working in these compounds but also to others residing nearby.
Sources in the concerned government departments told ChitralToday that due to the sensitivity of the region only three- to four-storey buildings wre admissible in this area that too subject to fulfillment of certain building codes.
However, a construction engineer said even a four-storey building is not safe in such a zone. He said only two-storey structures should be allowed.
A geological expert said Chitral is a very dangerous zone for seismic activity and the jolts in 2005 and again in 2015 were enough to get alarm bells ringing but the authorities failed to take precautionary steps.
He said in the two earthquakes the epic centers were in the Hindukush region but their depth was too deep that was why damages were not too high.
However, both the quakes left many buildings, including the RCC structures damaged. Erecting high-rise buildings will be a permanent danger for everyone, says another construction expert.
It is learned from sources in the local government department that the competition of building tall structures is contradictory to the rules and SOPs.
The builders also ignore arranging proper parking and washroom facilities in these buildings. But there is no one available to get SOPs, rules and regulations implemented by the builders.
Public circles have demanded the district administration and PDMA to take notice of this issue and take immediate steps to stop such activities. They also demanded strict adherence to the building codes and SOPs.