Stepping up efforts to avert mishaps in the wake of the building collapse in Mahim that killed 10 people on Monday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set a deadline of June 16 for all local ward offices to ensure that residents evacuate 77 BMC-owned critically dangerous buildings. These buildings house tenants who are mostly employees working with the civic body.
Of the 155 municipal buildings that were identified as ‘dangerous’ in the civic body’s pre-monsoon survey, 77 are further classified to be in critical condition, unfit for habitation and need to be demolished. Of these, 42 are in south Mumbai, with 26 of them located in the E ward (Mazgaon, Kamathipura, Nagpada, Byculla).
The civic body has sent eviction notices to most of these structures and some of them have even been vacated.
“The procedure to demolish these structures will be planned now. Residents of the rest of the buildings will have to vacate by June 16, failing which we will contemplate cutting off water and power connections to the buildings,” said a senior civic official.
However, while the civic body is taking all efforts to avert collapses in the properties it owns, it has neglected drawing a similarly exigent action plan for dilapidated buildings that are privately owned. There are 804 privately-owned dilapidated buildings in the city — 198 cessed and 606 non-cessed — but the BMC is yet to identify the buildings that need to be vacated immediately.
“Local ward officers have been asked to provide the status and the number of unfit, dangerous private buildings in their respective wards. But we have not received the complete surveyed list from all the wards yet,” said Sanjeev Anaokar, deputy chief engineer (building proposals), who is in charge of coordinating action against private dilapidated buildings in the city.