East Godavari district has 900 buildings fit for demolition

Published: 15th July 2013 12:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th July 2013 01:05 PM   |  A+A-


The recent collapse of the City Light Hotel in Secunderabad  seems to have spurred the hitherto-apathetic municipal  corporations and municipalities in the East and West Godavari districts with regard to the old and dilapidated buildings on the verge of collapse.

Having turned a blind eye to the danger posed by such buildings all these years, the municipal corporations and municipalities have now started the process of identifying such buildings.

Initial estimates have revealed that there are about 900 old buildings deserving demolition in East Godavari district and about 700 to 800 such buildings in West Godavari district.

A team of engineers of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Kakinada and the Roads and Buildings Department had advised the municipal authorities to demolish the old and dilapidated buildings in the district, but the latter had chosen to ignore the advice. This is attributed to the corruption among the city planning wings of the municipal corporations and municipalities. Now, after City Light Hotel collapse incident in Secunderabad, the officials have identified a few old and dilapidated buildings and started issuing show-cause notices to their owners for their demolition. The identification process will be completed in a week, according to officials of city planning wing of the Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation.

In Rajahmundry and Dowleswaram in East Godavari district, there are about 200 buildings which were constructed 125 years ago. In Kakinada in the same  district, there are 100-odd such old buildings.

In Rajahmundry, the old municipal council hall, constructed in 1853, partially collapsed last year. Following this, the revenue department office was shifted to another building. But, the chambers of the municipal commissioner, additional commissioner and the citizen charter wing still remain in the same building.

Sir Arthur Cotton had constructed many buildings 150 years ago in Rajahmundry and Dowleswaram, many of which are in a really bad condition. Sri Kandukuri Veeresalingam Junior College, the Government College and  the government high school, which were constructed 100 years ago, are also in a plight.

Stay up to date on all the latest Andhra Pradesh news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp