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Committee wants $12m to develop building code
National Building Code Committee chairman Shyankaran Lalla is calling on Finance Minister Larry Howai to allocate $12 million in the national budget for the formulation of a building code. Howai is due to deliver the 2013/2014 budget on Monday. In an interview on Thursday, Lalla said if Howai intends to move forward with his thrust on construction next year, a national building code was critical.
He said the committee, which was established last year, was still awaiting funding to start its work. “The Honourable Minister of Finance Mr Larry Howai has signalled his intention to increase activities in the construction sector, however, this development could fall short of the expectations of the national community because of non-adherence to building codes which results in poor quality work,” Lalla said.
He said there had been numerous complaints of poor-quality work and non-adherence to building codes over the last three years and more than $1 billion dollars had been spent on rework as a result. “This can be avoided through a national building code. However, we have not been provided with funding in the sum of $12 million to deliver on its mandate, which we have committed to deliver within six months.”
Last month Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, who is the line minister for the committee, said a note requesting funding for the development of the code would be taken to Cabinet for approval.
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