BMC gives fillip to redevelopment of 619 dangerous buildings in Mumbai
It is a must now for owners to enter into an agreement with tenants and assure them alternative accommodation if their building is going for redevelopment.mumbai Updated: Jun 06, 2018 10:47 IST
A mandatory agreement between tenants and owners to protect the rights of the former, and scientific structural audits – these are some of the rules the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has notified to hasten the stalled redevelopment of dilapidated buildings.
Tenants of such buildings are often unwilling to vacate their houses for fear of losing them after redevelopment.
There have been cases of tenants living in transit camps for long, even though buildings are ready and flats are sold in the open market.
Now, it is a must for owners to enter into an agreement with tenants and assure them alternative accommodation if their building is slated for redevelopment.
According to the rules, the BMC will not issue commencement certificate, if the said agreement is not produced.
“The policy will help secure tenants’ rights and also speed up the redevelopment of dilapidated buildings in the city,” said Nidhi Chaudhary, deputy municipal commissioner.
The policy assumes significance following several building collapse incidents recently. It will help redevelop 619 extremely dilapidated buildings in the city. These buildings, identified in a pre-monsoon survey by the BMC, need to be demolished.
While landowners and developers rush to revamp old structures to get more floor space index (FSI), the new policy mandates structural audits before declaring them dangerous.
Once a structural audit indicates a building is extremely dangerous, the owner will have to compulsorily notify their tenants by displaying this on a society notice board.
The BMC has also uploaded the format of the inspection report that all structural engineers have to follow.
The move comes after it was observed that buildings were categorised as dangerous based on visual inspections.
Under the policy, the BMC has introduced five new technical advisory committees of experts for the suburbs, the island city and municipal buildings.
This will also help in a quicker resolution of disputes between tenants and owners.
Currently, there is only one committee that is burdened with all disputes related to dilapidated structures. This has led to further delay in determining their condition.