EVEN as the building collapse in Mumbra killed over 70 people,Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has failed to take action against 57 highly dangerous and dilapidated buildings.
The civic administration claims that notices were sent to occupants of the 57 buildings and the due process to vacate them was under way. However,officials admit presence of police personnel is needed for vacating residents.
We serve notices to owners and tenants on priority to vacate the structure or carry out urgent repairs. But most times,there is resistance with some even threatening suicide, said a senior civic official.
Highly dangerous and dilapidated buildings fall in C-I category and are extremely dangerous for habitation. The buildings identified include both residential and residential-cum-commercial.
Sofiya Manzil in Devipada,Mumbra,is one such building.
Located in a congested corner,it is separated by narrow alleys from neighbouring buildings,which are also at risk of getting damaged if it collapses.
A resident of the building said,I stay here because it is within my means. TMC officials visited recently and told us the building would be demolished in two months. I sent my wife and son to my native place,but not everyone here has a back-up plan.
Thane has 1,049 dilapidated buildings across its nine major wards. As per civic data,these buildings have 88,174 occupants.
Ullhasnagar has the highest number of highly dangerous and dilapidated buildings,while Vartaknagar has one.
Interestingly,the Mumbra and Kalwa belt,which has come under the scanner for rampant illegal construction,has only nine highly dilapidated and dangerous buildings,as per a survey carried out by the municipal corporation.
The state government has directed municipal corporations to cut electricity and water supply to highly dangerous and dilapidated buildings to ensure they are vacated.