Dilapidated buildings on BMC list mount to 319

Even as a policy to conduct a mandatory structural audit to ensure safety and health of buildings older than 30 years has been pending with the civic administration,the number of dilapidated buildings on the civic body’s list increased this year.

Written by Sharvari Patwa | Published:May 14, 2012 2:59 am

Even as a policy to conduct a mandatory structural audit to ensure safety and health of buildings older than 30 years has been pending with the civic administration,the number of dilapidated buildings on the civic body’s list increased this year. While the BMC has identified 319 dilapidated buildings this year,last year it had sent notices to 243 ‘dangerous’ buildings. The structures fall in the C-I category of highly dangerous,are dilapidated and extremely dangerous for habitation.

The buildings identified include 268 private buildings,41 municipal buildings and eight structures of the civic solid waste management department.

As per data from the BMC,L ward that covers Kurla and Mankhurd,has the highest number of dilapidated and dangerous buildings. While L ward has 89 dangerous structures,it is followed by K-East,which includes Andheri and Jogeshwari (East).

The western suburbs have 136 dangerous and dilapidated structures,the highest in the city. The eastern suburbs have 111 and the island city has 70.

Chief engineer (Planning and design),R Kuknur said,“Due to the highly dilapidated condition of these structures,33 of them have been evacuated and 14 demolished. The process to order repairs or evacuate these buildings is being carried out at the ward level by civic officials”.

In spite of civic officials’ claim that notices to repair and evacuate these buildings are promptly served,in earlier cases there has been resistance from many residents. “In many cases,we serve notices to owners and tenants on priority to vacate the structure or carry out urgent repairs. But usually there is resistance from residents,” said a BMC official.

Last year,following a state government directive,the civic administration had cut electricity and water supply to highly dangerous structures that had not been evacuated .

Senior civic officials said the directive to cut electricity and water supply to those buildings that do not carry out repairs or are evacuated will be followed this year too.

Officials estimate that over one lakh people are residing in such dilapidated and dangerous structures across the city. Though the BMC takes an audit and ensures repair and evacuation of highly dilapidated and dangerous structures every year,a crucial policy that would widen the net of buildings coming under structural audit is yet to be implemented.

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