Three years after the collapse of Altaf Manzil, the residents awaiting redevelopment of the building are yet to pay the demolition cost to the civic body. The permission for redevelopment of the building will be granted only after the demolition cost of Rs 27 lakh is paid.
Officials said the civic body had razed the building in June 2013 after a portion of the 35-year-old, four-storey building collapsed, killing 11 persons and injuring several others. “Since we have demolished the remaining portion, we have to recover the cost from the residents as per the rules,” said a civic official.
“We had issued a demand letter for the demolition cost. Since they did not pay up, we have added the amount to the property tax. The permission for the redevelopment will be granted only after they pay up the demolition cost,” said Ramakant Biradar, Assistant Commissioner of G North ward office.
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Altaf Manzil was constructed in two parts in 1982 and 1984 by Altaf Furniturewala. The flats were given out on rent to the tenants. The reasons behind the collapse were believed to be illegal alternations on the ground floor and the additional load on the building by adding extra flooring without removing the existing one.
The residents had then alleged that the BMC failed to act despite numerous complaints about the structural changes made to the building.
The residents are yet to come to terms with the loss of their family members in the building collapse, with some of them refusing to speak on it.
While the residents have been residing in a temporary accommodation since the collapse, a barricade has been put up around the plot where the building once stood on Cadell Road in Mahim (West).
Following the building collapse, the Mahim police station had registered an offence against owners of the building and civic officials of the ward office under various sections of the IPC.