After eviction notice, Mumbai civic body lets SoBo hospital bldg start repairs
This is the first time that the BMC has carried out repair work in a dilapidated building under the C1 category, according to a sourcemumbai Updated: Sep 14, 2017 00:02 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has given Masjid Bunder’s Muslim Ambulance society building, declared dangerous and dilapidated, permission to build props to hold the building up.
This is the first time that the BMC has carried out repair work in a dilapidated building under the C1 category, according to a source.
The BMC categorises dilapidated buildings into C1, C2, and C3 categories, following a structural audit.
The C1 category buildings are considered most dangerous to live in, and are vacated and demolished. The C2 category cover those that require major reconstruction, and the C3 category are those that require minor repairs.
Uday Shiroorkar, assistant commissioner of the B ward said, “Officials went there on Wednesday morning and helped construct metal props inside the building, as a safety measure.”
BMC had served an eviction notice to the building on Monday to vacate the premises within 24 hours , even as hospital trustees claimed the building cannot be dilapidated as it was constructed only in 1988.
The decision to put props comes as a fallout of a dispute between BMC officials and the trustees of the hospital. The hospital authorities have questioned the BMC audit, pointing out their building is only 30 years old and as such, cannot be dilapidated.
According to a structural audit conducted by the B ward on July 31, the BMC declared the building unfit to live in, and served the Muslim Ambulance society three notices since, asking it to vacate the premises immediately.
The president of the Muslim Ambulance society, Abdul Rauf Sumar said, “Our hospital building cannot be dilapidated as it is less than 30 years old. We want to counter the structural audit report but BMC won’t even give us a copy.” Meanwhile, Syed Rehman, a trustee of the society said, “BMC wants to complete the formalities and therefore constructed the metal rods inside the building premises. It only wanted us to vacate the building, and it’s not true that it is dilapidated.”
However, Shiroorkar said, “I have not withdrawn any previous notices sent to the society. We put props to provide support to the building, so that it does not collapse untimely.”