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Mumbai: BMC asks residents to evacuate dangerous buildings

After the building collapse at Thakurli, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started a rigorous follow-up on the evacuation of dilapidated buildings in Mumbai.

mumbai Updated: Aug 03, 2015 19:41 IST
Chetana Yerunkar
Chetana Yerunkar
Hindustan Times
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After the building collapse at Thakurli, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started a rigorous follow-up on the evacuation of dilapidated buildings in Mumbai.

The civic body has also notified the court on the serious condition of dilapidated buildings and has filed 86 affidavits in cases that have a stay on demolition and evacuation from the court.

Before the onset of the monsoon, civic chief Ajoy Mehta had ordered ward officers to file affidavits in court requesting them to remove stay orders issued for dilapidated buildings and inform the court about the dangerous condition of the buildings.

Since then, civic officials filed 86 affidavits in court so far against private buildings declaring them seriously dangerous.

This, however, has been done to expedite the evacuation process for private buildings, yet the BMC has failed to vacate its own properties. Out of the 92 buildings of the BMC’s Estates department that needed to be immediately pulled down because they have been extremely dangerous, civic officials have managed to pull down only nine buildings and vacate another three buildings in the city.

The BMC is also yet to start repairs of 269 buildings of the estates department that needed major repairs and are currently stuck at the tendering stage.

One of the ward officers, requesting anonymity, said, “We have started follow-ups with buildings that are extremely dilapidated after the Thakurli collapse and notices are being served as reminders to such structures. The tenants of municipal properties are not willing to vacate and we have informed the police about this. Forcible evacuation would be the only option.”

Deputy municipal commissioner, BG Pawar, said, “We have intimated almost all buildings and societies and served various evacuation notices. Affidavits, too, have been filed in 86 of the cases where there were stay orders of the court.”

Structural audit
* Post the collapse of the market building at dockyard road about two years back, the BMC had initiated a structural audit of 30 years and above buildings from November 2013. The collapse had cost the lives of 61 residents of that staff quarters. The structural audit was hence planned to know the status of the buildings in the city and out of the total 3192 buildings with the Estate department of BMC, only 716 were structurally audited. The pre-monsoon list of this year of the dilapidated buildings has declared about 712 private/government/municipal buildings as dilapidated.

* BMC had listed about 712 buildings as dilapidated, including the private/municipal/government properties.

* The estate department of the BMC owns about 3192 buildings and has managed to survey above 700 buildings in the city.
* The BMC has listed 92 buildings as seriously dangerous and in urgent need of demolition

* The BMC however has just managed to pull down 9 and evacuate 3 buildings so far

* The repairs of 269 buildings belonging to the estate department will be done by ward office

* The BMC has also started drives during monsoon to evacuate the dilapudated buildings but as many have court -cases and not willing to vacate the problems persist

* The BMC has filed affidavits in the court to remove the stay so the buildings can be evacuated, in case of private buildings

First Published: Aug 03, 2015 19:39 IST

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