Construction incidents Environment Commissioner calls on PM to take action

first_img SharePrint Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb The Commissioner for Environment and Planning Perit Alan Saliba urged the Prime Minister to increase security measures in the construction sector. In a letter, he also forwarded a number of proposals which in his words are for the general public interest and for the Prime minister’s “immediate attention”.In his letter, Perit Saliba refered amongst other things to the law which stipulates that excavation works can only be done from a distance of 76 centimetres from a party wall. He also stated that in practice this law is obviously being ignored. He  also referred to the reality that even when a third party tries to find remedy through the Court, procedures take too long and do not come cheap, and meanwhile, works continue.The Commissioner also included the following proposals:Criminal procedures against contractors that break the stipulated terms under Article 439 of the Civil Code under the bonus pater familias principle;Architects to show sub-level plans with the prescribed distance instead of building after “saving third party rights”;Any private agreement that provides for the infringement of Article 439 of the Civil Code should be declared null and void;Every site that is presently being excavated at less than the prescribed distance should be registered in order to make the necessary migratory measures.Read more:Demolition and excavation permits suspended until further notice – MuscatUpdate (1): Watch: Residence wall collapses near construction site in ĦamrunWatch: “Niece’s First Holy Communion dress is inside; and all we have are the clothes on our back”MDA expresses shockThe Malta Developers Association (MDA) has declared its shock at the news that a building next to yet another construction site, this time in Ħamrun has partly collapased. From his end, the Commissioner for Environment and Planning, Perit Alan Saliba had also lodged his concerns to the Prime Minister urging action on the matter.MDA “shocked” after yet another construction blunderTal-Pieta:A similar incident happened earlier in the year in which a building collapsed next to a construction site.Watch: House and 3 storey apartment on Gwardamangia Hill collapseCurrent construction regulations ‘outdated’ and ‘inadequate’ – KTP PresidentNo reports about Pieta contractor; paperwork in order – GovernmentDriving licence theory tests will resume on Tuesday at new premises – TMMiguela XuerebMellieha:Only a few days ago a three storey building collapsed in Mellieha. A 77 year old woman was rescued from the rubble by the CPD.Update 2: Mellieħa: Should membership of the new construction regulator be mandatory?Watch: Elderly woman rushed to hospital after building collapse in MelliehaLeaders comment on Mellieħa building collapseCredit: Branko StoilovMinister Borg:At the end of last month, the Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg was asked about the progress of the new building and construction industry regulator. He told Opposition MP Karol Aquilina that the progress was still ongoing.Process of establishing building and construction regulator ongoing – Minister BorgWhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img