Tuesday October 26, 2021

High risk of high-rise

October 14, 2021

Murree is situated on a slope and any heavy structure erected on it could cause a catastrophic loss of life and property in case of an earthquake.

For this reason, most of the old buildings had thick stone foundations and walls, while the rest of the buildings were created with wood, in order to reduce the overall weight of the structure. The houses also did not have more than two stories. Given that high-rise buildings in the area could pose a threat to people, the authorities should ensure that no new building constructed in Murree is high-rise. Also, lighter weight materials should be used in construction as practised in the past .

Asad A Khan