Two of 40 inhabited high-rises unsafe

- Post Report, KATHMANDU

Jun 5, 2015-

The government has declared two out of the 40 apartment buildings in Kathmandu untenantable after completing a Rapid Post-Disaster Damage Assessment of all the inhabited high-rises in the valley.

The Park View Horizon at Dhapasi and Oriental Apartment Phase II at Kuleshwor are unsafe for immediate use have been given red stickers, the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) said.

Likewise, 31 apartment buildings have got yellow stickers which means they can be used after appropriate repairs. Seven high-rises have been awarded green stickers which means they are safe to live in.

The April 25 Great Earthquake and continuous aftershocks have severely impacted high-rise buildings across the Kathmandu valley.

“We have categorized the buildings based on the rapid assessment. There is a need to conduct in-depth studies of buildings receiving red and yellow stickers,” said Sagar Krishna Joshi, divisional engineer at the DUDBC, adding people living around buildings receiving red stickers had been demanding that they be pulled down right away, but that it did not necessarily mean that they should be razed. “A red sticker means that a building is unsafe for immediate use only.”

While most engineers and property developers maintain that there has been no significant structural harm to high-rise buildings from the earthquake and that the damage is mostly “cosmetic damage”, geologists say that the buildings sustained cracks in their walls due to lack of an in-depth study of the soil where they have been erected.

Apartments, Housing and Shopping Malls

Name                                                                                  Status

Park View Horizon, Basundhara                                      Red

Oriental Apartment Phase II, Kuleshwor                        Red

Cityscape Club House, Hattiban                                     Yellow

Cityscape Block B, Hattiban                                             Yellow

Prestige Apartment, Chandol                                           Yellow

Central Park Apartment, Bishal Nagar                            Yellow

Grande Apartment, Dhumbarahi                                      Yellow

Grande Towers, Tokha                                                       Yellow

LP Apartment, Lazimpat                                                     Yellow

KL Apartment, Sano Gaucharan                                       Yellow

Binayak Apartment, Baluwatar                                           Yellow

Sun Rise Apartment, Nakhkhu                                          Yellow

Imperial Apartment, Sanepa                                              Yellow

City View Apartment, Bakhudol                                          Yellow

Mercury Sterling Apartment, Thado Dhunga                    Yellow

Sun Rise Apartment, Dhobighat                                        Yellow

Kalash Apartment, Tahachal                                               Yellow

Metro Apartment, Kuleshwor                                               Yellow

Oriental Apartment Phase I, Kuleshwor                            Yellow

TCH Tower Phase IV, Sitapaila                                           Yellow

TCH Tower Phase III, Pani Pokhari                                    Yellow

Retreat Apartment, Bijeshwori                                             Yellow

Sun City Apartment, Gothatar                                              Yellow

Ambe Residence, Chabahil                                                Yellow

Downtown Apartment, Dhapakhel                                      Yellow

Silver City Apartment, Kalikasthan                                      Yellow

Signature Apartment I, Teku                                                 Yellow

Signature Apartment II, Teku                                                Yellow

Civil Apartment II, Dhapakhel                                               Yellow

Guna Colony, Sina Mangal                                                   Yellow

LLP Apartment, Pani Pokhari                                              Yellow

Vibor Apartment, Kamal Pokhari                                        Yellow

Westar Apartment, Balkumari                                            Yellow

TCH Phase II, Thaiba                                                          Green

Southern Height Apartment, Thaiba                                 Green

Dhumbarahi Apartment, Dhumbarahi                              Green

TCH Tower, Lazimpat                                                           Green

Bhat Bhateni Apartment, Bhat Bhateni                              Green

Indreni Apartment, Bhat Bhateni                                        Green

Egrace Apartment, Naxal                                                     Green

Published: 05-06-2015 09:20

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