As per a gazette notification issued vide No: 6 of 2011 dated 8.9.2011 Government has ordered that all private colonies, where more than 10 houses are likely to be constructed and the land size is upto 50 kanal, shall ensure that the minimum width of the main roads within the colony is not less than 30 feet wide and internal roads are not less than 20 feet wide. For colonies having area more than 50 kanals, the main roads shall not be less than 50 feet and internal roads shall not be less than 25 feet wide. Violation of these instructions shall attract imprisonment and penalty ranging from fine from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 1.00 lakh.
In a landmark order it has also been ordered that all new constructions shall henceforth be made seismic resistant and existing structures shall be got evaluated for its seismic resitance. Based on the evaluation these structures should be got retrofitted, for which services of trained Civil Engineers and Structural engineers on record, shall be provided by the Municipal Corporation. These instructions have been made applicable on private parties as well as Government, semi government organisations, whether belonging to State or Central government, unless State Government specifically grants special exemption on a case to case basis.
“It is hoped that with the issuance of these instructions and the strict implementation by the field agencies the number of unsafe colonies and buildings coming up will be curbed. There have been many instances where private land owners/builders especially in posh colonies provide internal roads of 8 to 12 feet width, which results in traffic chaos and renders it difficult for rescue vehicles like ambulances/fire tenders to reach the site of incident/fire. This order will go a long way in reducing our vulnerability to disasters.”