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DMC to demolish New Market building

The buliding that is causing threat and is on the verge of collapsing.
Dimapur, February 20 (MExN): The Dimapur Municipal Council today said an RCC building in New Market is on the verge of collapse and is posing threat to lives.  The building that housed shops and godowns of furniture, second hand clothes, utensils, cosmetics in Dimapur’s New Market Dimapur was razed in a major fire that broke out last October destroying goods worth 4-5 crore. The building is apparently on the verge of collapsing and is posing a serious threat to people who crowd the area everyday for shopping, the DMC said in a note today. The DMC did not identify which ‘building’ it was referring to.  
“Subsequent to the fire big cracks have appeared in the structure and foundation of the building which may give in to even a mild earthquake. It may be mentioned that Dimapur also falls under earth prone zone. Cracks have also developed in two more market complexes adjacent to razed building. These buildings were reportedly constructed during mid 80s,” the DMC said.
“In this connection, the Dimapur Municipal Council, with assistance from technical experts and engineering wing closely examined the state of the building and found that the structures of the buildings have lost its longevity and are not fit for occupation and may collapse at any time.” The DMC has sensed potential risk of losing human lives, the council said and ‘after lots of discussion with the technical experts decided to demolish the old buildings and to construct new ones at the same site.’
According to DMC Advisor In-charge of Development Atovi Zhimomi, the DMC had issued one-week notice to those occupying the buildings to vacate their shops. However, with the expiry of the one-week notice, three days’ more time was given, which also expired last Sunday, the council said.
Reacting to protest against the DMC’s move to demolish the buildings, the DMC is of the view that all concerned including the tenants should cooperate with the DMC to construct new buildings which will not only avert the loss of hundreds of human lives but will also give a face lift to the beauty of the city.

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