NHA files complaint vs Z3R beneficiaries Print
Saturday, 07 April 2018 16:06

By REMUS ONG

The National Housing Authority (NHA) filed a complaint against three Z3R beneficiaries for doing renovation work which resulted to the collapse of a duplex housing unit last February.

The complaint was filed against Amrin Joe Pakkal, Sarip Juamad Ismail and Ali- Akbal Mohammad Kahal by the National Housing Authority under Civil Case No. 1922.

The defendants are owners of structures erected on lots 40 and 41, Block 63 of the Tulungatung Z3R Housing Project.

In an interview, NHA District Manager Al-Khwarizmi Indanan said that defendants should be held liable for doing renovation work on their units which led to the collapse of the duplex structure.

The act consisted of demolishing the duplex housing unit’s middle common wall which functioned as a partition of two units, thereby causing the destruction of the entire duplex structure.

“Defendants did so in utter disregard of NHA policies, rules and regulations,”  Indanan pointed out.

Indanan said that what the defendants did was unsupervised and without advise from a licensed civil engineer and other experts.

Housing beneficiaries should also apply for the requisite permits before conducting renovation, said Indanan.

“The NHA decided to file the case to prevent a repetition of similar acts as defendants’ negligent and lawless acts have unfairly cast doubt on the structural integrity of all Z3R housing projects and the reputation of the National Housing Authority as the government agency in charge of housing program,”  Indanan said.

Last month, the city government issued a press release on the filing of charges against personnel of the NHA.

The statement however said that it was not clear whether the cases had something to do with the housing units in Tulungatung.  (Remus Ong)