SC stays use of quake-hit buildings unless certified as safe

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued an interim order in the name of government asking it to refrain from using government and other private buildings until experts mobilised by the government's authorised bodies carry out an assessment and certify them to be habitable.

A single bench of Justice Deepak Raj Joshi issued the order prohibiting the use of buildings until technically assessed and certified, even if there emerged a condition to work inside buildings that suffered wide fissures and cracks during the massive earthquake of April 25 and relentless series of aftershocks.

Advocate Basudev Rijal on June 30 had lodged a writ petition stating that workers were forced to perform their duties nside the structures belonging to various companies, industries, factories, health and educational institutes and government offices that were built without adhering with the Building Code.

The writ petitioner had sought an order for authorised certification from the government bodies to determine whether or not the concerned building is suitable for further use with reference to the possibility that working inside such partially deformed buildings could pose risk of incurring physical damages and even death.

It is further stated that the working inside the destroyed structures was against the right to life enshrined in Article 12 of the Interim Constitution.