MHADA has identified 16 cessed buildings that are in a dilapidated condition. Officials said they require immediate evacuation. The agency will send eviction notices to the 628 tenants living in these buildings.
Of the 16,nine featured on last years pre-monsoon list of dilapidated cessed buildings,too. Among these,the Esplanade building and the C and D wings of Botawala chawl with 180 tenants have featured on the list of cessed buildings for the last five years.
Chairman of MHADA,Prasad Lal,has written to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan requesting the use of special powers to evict the 628 tenants.
There is no point in the exercise if people do not heed the notice. The government should permit us to use special powers such to forcibly evict the tenants, said Lal in his letter.
Chief officer of MHADAs Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board M K Thombare said,We will start sending notices from May 22. Residents should vacate these premises immediately and go to transit camps. It is the only safeguard against collapses we can offer.
According to a study by the Mumbai Transformation Support Unit,merely eight per cent of the 16,000-odd cessed buildings have been redeveloped since 1999.
Recently the government issued a letter of intent (LOI) for the cluster redevelopment of the century-old Botawala chawl in Mazgaon. This chawl is a cluster of six two-storey buildings spread over 4,721 sq m and housing 423 tenants. Developer Sarah Housing Development Ltd said two buildings had been vacated and 180 tenants shifted,while preparations were on to vacate two more.
Esplanade Mansion is a listed heritage structure in a decrepit state due to lack of repairs. In 2005,a portion of the building crashed,killing one person.