Mumbai: BMC panel breather for decrepit buildings
More than 330 of the 561 buildings declared dilapidated by the civic body in south and central Mumbai have been saved from demolition by the technical advisory committee.
The committee said at least 60% of the buildings declared as dilapidated by the local ward offices can be repaired.
The panel was formed in 2014 to tackle the rising number of disputes between buildings and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), after the structural audit reports varied and many residents approached court to stop the demolition.
So far, the committee has held 164 hearings and forwarded the repair orders to the ward offices.
The list of dilapidated buildings includes 491 municipal structures and 70 private ones.
The BMC, however, will only repair the civic buildings.
Laxman Vhatkar, chairperson of the committee and director, BMC, said they had sent the decision to the ward offices concerned. “A majority of the buildings were municipal properties,” he said.
After the collapse of a market building at Dockyard Road in 2013, which killed 61 people, the civic body started to carry out structural audits of buildings constructed more than 30 years ago.
Civic officials claim despite the panel’s order, many residents and tenants of buildings continue to approach court when they are served with eviction notices, which further delays the redevelopment process.
“For instance, recently, the technical committee decided that 12 out of the 16 municipal buildings at Tadwadi could be repaired, and the remaining needed to be evicted. Despite the panel giving orders in favour of residents, buildings take the matter to court,” said a civic official, requesting anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.