Two of 40 inhabited high-rises unsafe

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 4, 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 08:39

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