The Thane Municipal Corporation has issued a show cause notice to the developer and architect of the Dosti group, in connection with the wall collapse incident in Dyaneshwar Nagar, Thane (W).
The notice was issued after an inquiry set up by the corporation, held them responsible for the wall collapse incident, informed Civic Commissioner R. A. Rajeev.
A boundary wall surrounding an on-going construction site had collapsed on the nearby hutments killing eight people including six women and injuring seven on June 16.
Rajeev said, “We are waiting for the developer’s and the architect’s reply. Based on this reply we will take further action.”
Thane residents however, alleged that the inquiry report is one-sided. “These slums were unauthorised and built along the nullahs. Despite this, the corporation provided them with water, electricity and street lights,” said Milind Gaikwad, a Thane resident.
“They have also been collecting property tax from these people. They did not shift them even while implementing the nullah-widening project, thus jeopardising the project. They are equally responsible for promoting unauthorised construction.”
Gaikwad added that if they are holding the developer responsible, they should stop the developer’s on-going construction in Thane.
Another resident Prabhar Chaudhari also questioned how the corporation can pass the buck when it was supplying all the basic amenities to these unauthorised slums?
Rajeev however refuted the allegation saying, “The constructions, though unauthorized, are protected as per the government rule of regularising slums before 1995.”