Ahead of monsoons, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has set aside a corpus fund of Rs 10 crore as insurance for the occupants for some of the oldest buildings in the city in case of any disasters.
Under the insurance for cessed buildings, the chairman of MHADA repair board, Prasad Lad, during a press conference on Friday declared insurances of Rs 5 lakh for casualties, Rs 50,000 for major injuries and Rs 25,000 for minor injuries.
Cessed buildings are some of the oldest buildings in the city, with some being older than 70 years. These are buildings that were constructed before 1969 and pay a cess to MHADA for their maintenance, thus being termed as ‘cessed buildings’. There are about 14,000 such buildings in the island city. Lad announced that eight buildings had been identified as vulnerable to monsoons. Three of these buildings are from last year’s list, while the other five are new on the list.
These eight buildings are occupied by 215 residents and 210 non-residents, out of which 22 people are yet to be relocated to transit homes in various parts of the city. “We have relocated people to well-maintained transit homes. The transit homes have all the facilities, including electricity, water supply and elevators. People living in Mumbai city are being relocated within the city. We are expecting the relocation to be completed by June 7,” said Lad.
The three cessed buildings that were in the last year’s list are Esplanade Mansion at Fort, Goragandhi chawl and Motiraam Dayaraam chawl at Lower Parel. Esplanade Mansion, being a heritage site, will not be demolished but repaired, while the other two will be demolished. The repair and redevelopment of all the buildings is said to commence soon.
Lad also described the two methods of repair work that will be carried out by MHADA. “One is the usual polymer concreting that is done every year. This time, we have also included ‘jacketing’, in which a layer of concrete is sprayed and sealed with pressure on a wire mesh on the damaged walls,” he said.