They say “pen is mightier than the sword”. But today in 2022 we see a whole new meaning to that saying. Just as the sword in the hands of a monkey is catastrophe recipe, the pen in the hands of corrupt people in positions of power can be devastating.
The building mafia and politicians colluded to create a mockery in the name of housing despite an existing National Building Code of India waving flags viciously all along for 3 years as the twin towers of Noida came up. Then someone saw the Dinosaur in the room and someone actually went to court. The Pandora’s box was opened and we saw a demolition the likes of which has never been witnessed in the country.
THE CHRONOLOGY OF CORRUPTION
By now, everybody knows what happened. How many tons of explosive, how much money was lost or spent and how many people have been shortlisted to be prosecuted and who they were is all public knowledge. But let us look at the parallel track and take a look at the underbelly of the Dinosaur in the room. The truth about twin towers few actually know or even realize and how this precedent could cause an avalanche across the country.
To understand this, we need to first understand what the NBC is, it’s very purpose and why it is important to follow its directives in minute precision. In simple terms, The National Building Code of India (NBC) is a comprehensive building code, providing guidelines for regulating building construction activities across the country. The Code was first published in 1970 at the instance of Planning Commission and then first revised in 1983.
The Code mainly contains administrative regulations, development control rules and general building requirements; fire safety requirements; stipulations regarding materials, structural design and construction (including safety); building and plumbing services; approach to sustainability; and asset and facility management.