Taking stringent action against dilapidated buildings in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to demolish 52 civic-owned buildings that are in a rundown state this year. The BMC will then redevelop them in 18-24 months, civic officials said.
The civic body, however, said the tenants will get equal tenancy rights in the redeveloped structures.
An official, on condition of anonymity, said these buildings also include civic staff quarters.
“This way, we will be able to build more staff quarters using the Floor Space Index (FSI) available on those plots,” the official said.
Municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar said additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta was drafting new provisions. Gupta confirmed the move but refused to elaborate.
Sources in the civic body, however, said the provisions will be implemented by next week.
“We will send notices to the tenants asking them to vacate the buildings within seven days. We will then cut off the water and electricity supply on the eighth day. After taking these steps, we will demolish the buildings,” the source said.
Officials said it was necessary to demolish the structures to prevent a collapse.
A senior civic official, on condition of anonymity, said, “It will just be a matter of time before the tenants move back.”
Civic officials said alternate accommodations will be offered from the civic body’s pool of accommodation for Project Affected Persons (PAPs).
“It will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis to these tenants. Hence, we will tell them to start accepting the accommodations immediately or look for their own options,” the senior official added.
In 2009, the civic body had issued a circular to all wards in the city, asking officials to cut off the water and electricity supply to all dilapidated buildings in case tenants refuse to vacate the plots.
However, the plan met with stiff resistance from tenants, and it did not take off.
This time, the civic body said it will ensure that tenders are floated to redevelop these buildings almost immediately.
A highly placed source said, “We will make all preparations to ensure that tenders are out in October, once the monsoons are over. That way, we will be able to expedite the process of redevelopment.”