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
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Updated on Jun 16, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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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.

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    Swapnil Rawal is Principal Correspondent with the Hindustan Times. He covers urban development and infrastructure. He had long stints with leading national dailies and has experience of over a decade in journalism.

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