Shimhendra Sharma,73, was out doing personal chores on Thursday, when he got a phone call from his wife saying the building they live in has been sealed.
Sharma rushed home to find Ajikrupa near Hari Niwas Circle sealed, with authorities giving him and his wife barely enough time to vacate the flat.
This is the story of hundreds of Thane residents, who are being forced to vacate their buildings in the past two days after the collapse of Krishna Niwas on Tuesday, which claimed 12 lives.
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has started a massive drive to seal and vacate the dangerous buildings in Uthalsar and Naupada. Since Wednesday, seven dilapidated buildings have been vacated. Civic officers have also resent notices to 2,566 dangerous buildings .
The three-storey Ajikrupa building was constructed in 1968 and was home to 55 families. It was declared dangerous 10 years ago.
Sharma, who resides on the ground floor, said, “I was out for some work when my wife called to say a few civic officials are vacating our building. I rushed home to find people moving their belongings. We have been living here for more than 30 years. This has come as a shock to us.”
He now plans to stay with his son, who also resides in Thane.
Ashok Burpulle, deputy municipal commissioner, encroachment said, “We have sealed seven buildings in Naupada, Uthalsar and Rabodi. We have also served five fresh notices after prima facie investigation of buildings in these wards.”
Burpulle said the buildings that were sealed were already served notices.
“But they had refused to move out. However, with the recent collapse, we are not sparing any of these buildings,” he said.
The redevelopment of Ajikrupa, too, was stalled for more than a decade because of a dispute between the tenants and the developer.
On Wednesday, the civic body sealed the two-storey Aaikrupa building in Naupada, which is 58 years old and housed seven families. Yashwant Kunj, a three-storey building, was also vacated.
Around 50 families lived in this building. An empty building, Ganesh Chemicals in Uthalsar, was sealed on Thursday morning.