Following a spate of building collapses this year,the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has registered a complaint suo motu against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC),and has sought a detailed report on action taken by the two corporations to rehabilitate the victims of the collapses.
Citing grave negligence on the part of civic authorities leading to violation of human rights of the residents,commission chairperson S R Bannurmath has sought details on assessment reports compiled by the civic bodies on conditions of building in Mumbai and Thane.
In the notice,the SHRC has sought answers on the parameters under which the assessments are carried out and measures taken in case of dilapidated structures.
Furnish names of officers responsible for inaction, Bannurmath said in the complaint. The commission has sought a report within 60 days.
In April,an illegal structure built in just three months had collapsed in Mumbra,killing 74 people. In June,Altaf Manzil building in Mahim had collapsed,killing 10 persons.
As the commission is entrusted with statutory duty of inquiry either suo motu or on a complaint of violation of human rights,possible negligence in prevention of violations of human rights and also to recommend to the government steps to be taken,the commission deems it necessary to initiate suo motu inquiry, the notice reads.
All Fall Down
*September 27 61 persons were killed and 33 injured after the five-storey,BMC-owned Babu Genu market building in Dockyard Road (East) collapsed
*September 21 10 persons were killed in the collapse of a five-storey building near Mumbra railway station
*June 22 Seven persons were killed and seven injured in the collapse of a four-storey abandoned building in Dahisar (East)
*June 21 10 persons were killed and 14 injured when a three-storey building collapsed near Mumbra railway station
*June 10 10 persons were killed and seven others were injured in the collapse of five-storey Aftab Manzil building in Mahim
*April 4 74 persons were killed in the collapse of seven-storey Lucky Compound building in Shilphata,Mumbra