Residents of the Mumbra chawl displaced by the collapse of the structure’s retaining wall say they have nowhere to go because the municipal body has not given them alternative accommodation.
The retaining wall of a chawl in Sainiknagar collapsed along with a single-storeyed structure on Thursday, killing six people.
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) evacuated the 21 families living in Aksa chawl and shifted them to a municipal school for the night. They, however, had to return to their 'dangerous' houses on Friday. “We spent the night at the school. But the kids had to go to school, so we had to return,” said Zarina Sheikh (26), who had come to stay in the chawl eight months ago.
A local corporator raised the issue in the Thane Municipal Corporation’s general body meeting. Civic officials said there was some miscommunication due to which the families went back to the building. The transit camp, however, is still available at the school and the transit building, officials said.
Residents refused to leave until late in the evening despite police and civic officials asking them to go back to the camp. The chawl, thus, could not be demolished. Some residents said they will not shift until the TMC provides them with proper accommodation.
Three Kalwa buildings served notices
The Thane Municipal Corporation has served notices to three extremely dangerous buildings in Kalwa.
Mukhri building in Takola area, had been served a 24-hour notice on Wednesday.
Twenty families reside in the four-storeyed structure, which is 35 years old. Though the notice expired on Thursday, the residents began to vacate only on Friday.
Residents were finding it difficult to find affordable accommodation because the corporation has not provided them with temporary shelter.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Mumbra-Kalwa) M.B, Patil said that the corporation will demolish the building only after all the residents vacate it.