A week after the Pydhonie building collapse that left five people dead, the state government has modified the audit process for the 19,000 old dilapidated buildings in the island city. From an annual audit before the monsoon, the process will now be quarterly.
Of the 19,000 buildings, 14,995 have been declared dangerous and in need of urgent redevelopment. “The audit will include how much repair work buildings need, structural audits, money used for repairs and other issues,” said minister of state for housing Sachin Ahir, while replying to a question raised by MLC Alka Desai on the redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings which pay cess to avail of repair benefits from the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada).
Ahir added that the state would be looking at roping in an institute like the IIT to take charge of the audit considering their engineering expertise.