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After structural audit, civic body orders minor repairs in Goregaon building

Bombay Municipal Corporation has categorised dangerous and dilapidated structures into three categories.

Written by Tanushree Venkatraman | Mumbai | Published: August 4, 2014 1:33:21 am
A slab collapse had killed two persons last month. A slab collapse had killed two persons last month.

A structural audit of the Goregaon building, where a slab collapse killed two persons and injured six, has revealed that the 47-year-old building falls under the ‘C3’ category of dilapidated structures, which requires minor repairs. The BMC has also evacuated five shopkeepers from the area.

“We have asked the shopkeepers to vacate the premises and have given them an ultimatum of six months to repair their shops. We might take action against the shopkeepers if they continue to do business without the mandatory repairs mentioned in the report,” said a civic official from the P/South ward office which includes Goregaon.

Due to heavy rainfall on July 16, a  slab of Prasad Shopping Centre in Kakaji Nagar collapsed, killing two shopkeepers. BMC, in June, had issued notices under section 353 (B) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Act of 1888, to the two privately-owned buildings in the locality, that house more than 75 shops and close to 50 families, to conduct a structural audit of the buildings built in 1966.

“As the owners failed to conduct a structural audit, we decided to undertake it at the earliest,” the civic official added. The civic body has also demolished the illegal and the canopy which  made the building structurally-heavy.

According to structural audit policy and provisions under Section 353 (B) of the BMC Act, it is obligatory for the owner and occupants of buildings more than 30 years old to have them inspected by a qualified structural engineer registered with the BMC, get repairs done as suggested by the engineer, and submit the completion certificate along with the structural fitness certificate to the corporation.

BMC has categorised dangerous and dilapidated structures into three categories. C1 is of buildings in a dilapidated condition, C2  is for dangerous structures that require major repairs  and C3 are those buildings that require minor repairs.

A structural audit of the Goregaon building, where a slab collapse killed two persons and injured six, has revealed that the 47-year-old building falls under the ‘C3’ category of dilapidated structures, which requires minor repairs. The BMC has also evacuated five shopkeepers from the area.

“We have asked the shopkeepers to vacate the premises and have given them an ultimatum of six months to repair their shops. We might take action against the shopkeepers if they continue to do business without the mandatory repairs mentioned in the report,” said a civic official from the P/South ward office which includes Goregaon.

Due to heavy rainfall on July 16, a  slab of Prasad Shopping Centre in Kakaji Nagar collapsed, killing two shopkeepers. BMC, in June, had issued notices under section 353 (B) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Act of 1888, to the two privately-owned buildings in the locality, that house more than 75 shops and close to 50 families, to conduct a structural audit of the buildings built in 1966.

“As the owners failed to conduct a structural audit, we decided to undertake it at the earliest,” the civic official added. The civic body has also demolished the illegal and the canopy which  made the building structurally-heavy.

According to structural audit policy and provisions under Section 353 (B) of the BMC Act, it is obligatory for the owner and occupants of buildings more than 30 years old to have them inspected by a qualified structural engineer registered with the BMC, get repairs done as suggested by the engineer, and submit the completion certificate along with the structural fitness certificate to the corporation.

BMC has categorised dangerous and dilapidated structures into three categories. C1 is of buildings in a dilapidated condition, C2  is for dangerous structures that require major repairs  and C3 are those buildings that require minor repairs.

tanushree.venkatraman@expressindia.com

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