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Thane houses 4,700 dangerous buildings: TMC survey

Naupada has 61 extremely dangerous buildings which is the highest in Thane; Last year, the civic body evacuated 59 buildings

mumbai Updated: Apr 28, 2018 00:46 IST
Megha Pol
One of the old buildings at Shreerang in Thane which has been declared dangerous.
One of the old buildings at Shreerang in Thane which has been declared dangerous. (PRAFUL GANGURDE/HT)

The number of dangerous buildings in the city has increased by 1,000 this year as compared to 2016, revealed a survey by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC).

More than 4,700 buildings in the city are in a dangerous condition, according to the survey. Moreover, the number of buildings in extremely dangerous categories also increased to 95 buildings, despite the TMC evacuating more than 59 out of the 69 buildings in this category last monsoon.

With monsoon around the corner, TMC began a ward-wise survey of dangerous buildings in the city early this month. TMC published the list in local publications for residents to know if their buildings feature in the list and evacuate it on their own. Otherwise, TMC will evacuate them forcefully if required. A survey of the number of people residing in these buildings is still in process.

“There are 4,705 dangerous buildings in the city. Last year, the count was 3,693. The buildings in C1 and C2A categories are most dangerous and should be evacuated before the monsoon. This year around 95 buildings are in C1 category as compared to 69 last year, and 114 buildings in C2A category as compared to 91 last year.”

Naupada has 61 extremely dangerous building which is the highest in Thane. The survey also stated that there are 2,260 buildings in C2B and 2,236 in C3 categories – buildings which can be repaired without evacuation.

“Last year we had evacuated 59 buildings in C1 category. However, some of the buildings which got a stay order by the court featured again on the list. Some buildings which are empty but are yet to be demolished also featured on the list. The number of dangerous buildings also increased as all buildings in Sindhi Colony in Kopri, Kamgar Hospital in Wagale Estate and Mhada Colony in Vartak Nagar entered this list this year,” the officer said.

Sandeep Malvi, public relation officer, TMC, said, “The civic chief on Thursday gave directives to evacuate all the buildings in C1 category. He also asked ward officers to send the list of dangerous buildings in their area to corporators in their wards, who can also add to the list.”

HOW DANGEROUS IS YOUR BUILDING?

C1: Buildings that are extremely dangerous and unfit for occupancy, and need to be demolished immediately

C2A: Buildings that can be structurally repaired after which residents can reoccupy the building

C2B: Buildings that can be repaired without residents having to evacuate it

C3: Buildings that require minor repairs.

NAUPADA-KOPRI – A DISASTER IN THE MAKING

The Naupada and Kopri wards have an alarming number of extremely dangerous buildings. There are 61 buildings in C1 and C2A categories in this ward, the highest in Thane. Naupada is the oldest part of the city and most buildings in this area are more than 30 years old. These buildings are all dilapidated and due for redevelopment. The area is congested and so most redevelopment projects are stalled owing to demand for extra floor space index (FSI).

There are also conflicts between owners and the tenants of most of these buildings. Last year demolition of few buildings in Naupada and Kopri wards was also stalled as residents got a stay order from the court, the officer added.

MUMBRA, WAGALE ESTATE AND DIVA MOST UNSAFE

The number of unsafe buildings in Mumbra, Wagale Estate and Diva are the highest with each ward having 1,459, 1,355 and 819 dangerous buildings respectively. However, the dangerous buildings in Wagale Estate and Diva are mostly in C2B and C3 category which can be repaired. Mumbra has 45 buildings in C2A category.