Lessons from Studies on Building Failures during Construction in India

K. N. Narasimha Prasad*
*National Institute of Construction Management and Research, Goa, India.
Periodicity:September - November'2019
DOI : https://doi.org/10.26634/jce.9.4.16488


Partial or full collapse of buildings under construction is a disturbing trend in India. These failures are drawing the attention of professional Civil Engineers and public as they cause loss of life and property. It is alarming to note that majority of such building failures during construction is of private buildings, where it was assumed that quality assurance and control were much superior to public works of similar nature. If the central government's focus on 'Housing for all by 2022' has to succeed, greater confidence in the minds of Indian and foreign investors has to be instilled. Hence sound construction practices like peer/third party review, professional ethics and integrity, strict code enforcement, precisely defined duties and responsibilities for stake holders, institution for failure investigation, better technical education are to be incorporated. In this study, the building failures during construction are analyzed for determining the shortcomings and suggestions for reducing such failures are made.


building failure, collapse, professional ethics, quality assurance and control

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Prasad, K. N. N. (2019). Lessons from Studies on Building Failures during Construction in India. i-manager's Journal on Civil Engineering, 9(4), 50-57. https://doi.org/10.26634/jce.9.4.16488


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