Make cluster plan for revamp of dilapidated buildings: Maharashtra minister
In the backdrop of a building collapses in Malwani last week and Ulhasnagar in May, state urban development department minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday directed municipal corporations within Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to develop a cluster plan for redevelopment of dilapidated buildings in the areas.
The minister, in a meeting with municipal chief of all corporations in MMR, also directed them to build transit camps to house people living in dilapidated structures, and in case of a collapse.
In a bid to find a “permanent solution” to this issue, Shinde said, “Every municipal area must prepare a cluster plan for redevelopment of dilapidated buildings in their city. If cluster redevelopment isn’t possible, you must suggest the steps that could be taken as per government policies. As there is a problem of dilapidated building arises in every monsoon season, transit camps should be built in every municipal area for temporary shelter for citizens living in such buildings, for which funds should be provided.”
According to a statement from the minister’s office, all municipal commissioners attributed the delay in redevelopment of dilapidated buildings to issues between the owner and occupants, and legal issues over the redevelopment.
Last week, a four-storey structure collapsed on a two-storey building in Malwani area of Malad, killing 12 people, including eight children.
The structure that collapsed was an illegal building, with only the ground floor sanctioned; the other three were illegal.
In May, a five-storey building in Ulhasnagar collapsed, killing seven people.
In August 2020, a five-storey building collapsed in Mahad in Raigad district killing 11 people.
36% work of Mumbai coastal road project completed: BMC
Around 36% of work of the 10.58km-long Mumbai coastal road project has been completed, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials informed chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in a review meeting held on Tuesday. The project is expected to be completed by July 2023.
So far, 9% work on the 2.07 km twin tunnels connecting Girgaum Chowpatty and Malabar Hill has been completed. Almost 90% of the reclamation work is done, while 67% work on the sea wall is completed. The 7.5km-long sea wall is being built to prevent erosion and damage from storms.
The coastal road project is expected to cut down travel time in one of the most congested cities in the world.
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday laid foundation stones of projects worth ₹112 crore in Bilaspur district on Monday. Addressing a meeting at Ghawandal Chowk, the CM announced that a government degree college will be opened at Swarghat in Naina Devi assembly segment. The CM said the government will take over Shakti Senior Secondary School, Naina Devi and open a Primary Education Block office in Naina Devi.
With the monsoon likely to hit Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department has issued a four-day yellow alert for heavy rainfall coupled with thunderstorms in 10 districts of the state, barring Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti. Shimla meteorological centre director Surender Paul said, “Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds blowing at a speed of 30- 40km/hr are expected in the hill state between June 28 and July 1.”
From history sheeters to an engineer, cricket organiser, transporter, railway clerk, and income tax officer around 171 people from different walks of life have been arrested in the Himachal Pradesh constable recruitment case so far, officials said on Monday. Director general of police Sanjay Kundu said the 171 persons arrested include 116 candidates, fathers of nine candidates, and 46 agents, of which 21 were from the hill state, while 25 were from other states.
In a major health-infrastructure boost for Mohali, the AAP-led Punjab government in its maiden budget on Monday announced another super-specialty medical institute for the district. Finance minister Harpal Singh Cheema, while presenting the Punjab budget, also said the Punjab government aimed to make Mohali a hub of industry and information technology. As announced, the Punjab government will set up the state-of-the-art “Punjab Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences” at Mohali.
A 55-year-old man became the latest victim of Covid-19 in Mohali on Monday, even as tricity's active cases once again crossed the 1000 mark after over four months. The deceased patient, a resident of Kakoli Chhat, Mohali, was also suffering from sepsis and died at the civil hospital in Phase 6. Amid the rising cases, this was the third Covid death in Mohali district in the past 15 days.