After the main beams of the four-storeyed Raj Vaibhav building complex in Borivali (West) gave way on Wednesday,the evacuated residents of B and C wings of the building have now returned to the dilapidated structure to fetch their belongings. The 33-year-old building housing 60 families in Yogi Nagar,Borivali,has been scheduled to undergo redevelopment in a few months.
We will now move into transit accommodation provided by the builder within a week. We have already conducted a structural audit report on the building and submitted it to the the BMC, said Sanjay Dalvi,chairman of the Raj Vaibhav Housing Society. He added that residents of A-wing would be allowed to bring out their belongings after the a stronger support base is created for the tilting structure. Earlier 10 families did not have accommodation and were being put up at a party hall but now everyone has found alternate accommodation till the end of the week, said Dalvi. Electricity and water supply to the dangerous structure has already been cut off.
We have received their structural audit on the building and it seems like demolition is the only option as the engineer has declared the buildings as completely unsafe. After the residents shift out their belongings,the redevelopment builder can go ahead with the demolition, said V G Bole,Assistant Municipal Commissioner of the R Central ward.
The building built in 1979 for the Naval Dockyard civilian staff,had not received any notice from the BMC,regarding its dilapidated status. Residents re-plastered the structure over 15 years ago. Since 2004,a redevelopment proposal for the building was caught in legal wrangles which ended in March this year.