No one wants to get structural audits done

Over three months after Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) urged residents of dilapidated buildings to get structural audits done from a civic panel,the response has been lukewarm.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 22, 2013 1:59:49 am

Over three months after Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) urged residents of dilapidated buildings to get structural audits done from a civic panel,the response has been lukewarm.

After a building collapsed in Lucky Compound,Mumbra,on April 4,TMC formed a policy asking those living in listed or seemingly dilapidated structures to get structural

audits done. However,even as another building collapsed Friday killing 10,a TMC official said no one had approached the civic panel of engineers.

“We heard some buildings got audits done by private agencies but there is no record,” the official said.

Acting municipal commissioner Shyamsundar Patil said,“The auditors need to be paid. This could be the reason for the poor response.”

He said the Smruti building that collapsed Friday was not on the TMC list of 1,059 dangerous and 57 extremely dangerous structures that house 88,000 people. TMC,however,is not terming the building illegal.

“TMC was formed in 1982,while the building came up in 1979. The records could be with then gram panchayat. It will be premature to conclude the building came up illegally. We have to verify,” said Patil. After the April collapse that claimed 74 lives,TMC decided to demolish 57 structures and cut electricity and water supply to the buildings.

But political pressure put paid to its demolition plan.

There is also no movement on a rental transit accommodation scheme of 1,448 flats sanctioned by the state government after the April 4 collapse to rehabilitate residents of extremely dangerous buildings.

The chargesheet in the case is expected next week. “We have sought sanctions from departments of all arrested government servants,” said Thane police commissioner K P Raghuvanshi.

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