Shrikant S Channal, chairman of the association, termed the situation ‘dangerous’ and urged BBMP and the government to act immediately to prevent shoddy constructions and rectify flaws in existing ones.
Need for Engineers Act
The association said over 80% constructions of smaller buildings are carried out by unqualified persons who don’t follow rules and entice the owner by saving some expenses.
“In many cases, a mason or an architect carries out the entire process which is the job of a qualified civil engineer. They compromise on soil tests and strength of the structural design, leading to leaning or even collapse of the building within a few years of completion,” said Ajit Kumar SM, secretary of the Bengaluru centre of ACCE.
With violators going scotfree, the association called for accountability to address the issue. The high court had on October 27, 2021 pulled up the civic body for its callous approach in the matter.
“The answer to this is bringing in a Professional Civil Engineers Act which will give qualified civil engineers in Karnataka a licence to operate like a medical practitioner or chartered accountant. This will not only check unqualified persons from operating but also ensure owners reach out to professional licenced civil engineers who will face prosecution or lose licence in case of faulty construction,” Ranganath Devappa, a senior engineer, said.
Gujarat implemented the Professional Civil Engineers Act in 2006 following the Bhuj earthquake of 2001.
Walkathon for awareness
To create awareness on the importance of involving qualified professionals for planning and construction activities, association members will conduct a walkathon on Thursday. Civil engineers and college students will participate in the event which will commence from different parts of the city and converge at Freedom Park. They will submit a memorandum to the chief minister.