Mumbai building collapse incident puts focus on Pune wadas
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has identified around 207 wadas in an extremely dilapidated condition though civic body could do nothing because of the stiff resistance from the occupants.pune Updated: Jul 26, 2017 15:48 IST
The collapse of building in Ghatkopar, Mumbai, has once again brought the focus on the danger lurking from dilapidated wadas in old parts of the city with occupants refusing to vacate the structures despite notices from the civic body.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has identified around 207 wadas in an extremely dilapidated condition though civic body could do nothing because of the stiff resistance from the occupants. Of the 207 structures, PMC had served notices to 219 units where the civic body had asked the occupants to vacate the place before June 31. However the occupants have not acted upon it citing absence of alternative arrangement.
City Engineer Prashant Waghmare said that the every year PMC is taking the drive against old structures.
“There are many issues in these structures as tenants are involved in it. Though structures are identified as dangerous to life, many people are not ready to live the place and those are mainly tenants. The tenants think that once they would vacate the place, they would lose their right on property,” said Waghmare.
The PMC officials said their survey found that out of 800 wadas from the old city areas, as many as 219 are in bad shape and can collapse in rain. Most of these structures are in areas like Shaniwar Peth, Shukrawar Peth, Rasta Peth, Budhwar Peth, Sadashi Peth, Narayan Peth and Bhawani peth.
The officials claimed that they have been able to partially vacate 62 wadas. Out of 800 wadas, some structures have been put in the list of heritage structures where occupants are not allowed to conduct any work without PMC’s permission.
In many cases, according to officials, the tenants have shown stiff resistance to vacate the old structures. The state government also, following the issue raised by legislator Sangram Thopate, has asked civic boy to come up with suggestion on redevelopment authority for revamp of old wadas.
On the other hand PMC’s heritage cell has also initiated heritage walk at old wadas which are historically significant. PMC officials said heritage walk has been started to attract tourists. The PMC has also recently renovated 300-year-old Vishrambaugwada. “The main idea behind the project is once the tourist lands in famous Shaniwar wada, he will have pleasurable walk in the vicinity area watching Vishrambaug wada and Nana wada too.