542 buildings in Mumbai ‘extremely dangerous’: BMC

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 21, 2015 23:14 IST

Ahead of the monsoon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has declared 542 buildings in Mumbai extremely dangerous and dilapidated, and in need of immediate evacuation.

The civic body has asked the residents of these buildings – which have been put in the C-1 category – to vacate their homes. It has also warned the residents it won’t take responsibility in the event of a mishap, as it is the residents who have been unwilling to vacate the premises, in spite of several reminders and warnings.

Of the 542 buildings, a majority are in L ward, which corresponds to Kurla, where 116 buildings have been put in the C-1 category. The structures include private, municipal, Mhada and other government-owned buildings.

BMC officials, however said only residents of municipal buildings would be given alternate accommodation. The civic body, which has been unsuccessful in demolishing dilapidated buildings, was recently asked by the civic chief to file affidavits in court, explaining the condition of dilapidated buildings that are stuck in litigation.

Recently, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) declared 14 buildings extremely dangerous in the island city, and asked that 537 tenants be shifted to transit accommodation urgently. This was part of the pre-monsoon survey conducted by the Mhada annually. At present, there are 14,858 dilapidated structures in the city, all of which were constructed prior to 1969. Their repairs are undertaken by the Mhada repair board.

A senior civic officials from L ward said, “We have told the police department about the status and asked for forceful evacuation of 116 buildings. In spite of several notices, the residents were not ready to leave their premises.”

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