The state government is planning to redevelopment the entire area of Quresh Nagar, which has over 100 illegal buildings. The state government has asked the civic body to suggest a model of redevelopment of Quresh Nagar.
On Wednesday night, a portion of one such illegal building in Rafiq Estate compound collapsed on a nearby chawl, killing a six year old boy and injuring four others.
On Friday, the contractor and the caretaker of the building were arrested for negligence. Haji Shaikh, the caretaker and Karim Abdul Maqbul were arrested have been remanded in police custody till August 2. The building owner Farzana Qureshi is still absconding.
In a meeting called by Chief Secretary J P Dange, it was decided that a committee of officials from the Slum Rehabilitation Authority, MHADA, Collectorate and the BMC will have to submit a model for redevelopment. “Over 40 families that were affected are living on the municipal school premise will have to be given an alternative accommodations,” said a senior official. This move will mean that all these illegal structures that have come up in this area over the years will be regularised.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta said there is no such policy in place currently, and the policy will have to be drafted in detail keeping in mind that it could set a precedent and could be misused. “We have issued eviction notices to these buildings,” said Gupta.
He added the buildings in nearby areas would be surveyed to check whether they are legal or not. The BMC records show that Ismail Piran Budan chawl, on which a portion of Rafiq Estate collapsed, is also illegal. “By tomorrow, will be able to give the guidelines on which are working out the redevelopment model to the state,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashish Kumar Singh.
The fire brigade’s report says another building in the same area has developed cracks and should be demolished with the one that collapsed.