BMC filed pe­ti­tion in HC for seek­ing author­ity to va­cate res­i­dence from di­lap­i­dated bldgs.

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Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has filed a pe­ti­tion be­fore Bom­bay High Court for seek­ing author­ity for va­cat­ing res­i­dence from di­lap­i­dated and dan­ger­ous build­ings, as BMC is fac­ing prob­lems in evac­u­at­ing the res­i­dents who are un­will­ing to leave their homes in such build­ings. Re­cently, many cases of crash­ing of di­lap­i­dated build­ings have oc­curred, where res­i­dents do not va­cate their premises even though it is de­clared as di­lap­i­dated and dan­ger­ous by BMC. Hence, BMC has pro­posed for per­mis­sion to forcibly va­cate such build­ings.

In the pe­ti­tion BMC has men­tioned that the build­ing which are de­clared as di­lap­i­dated and dan­ger­ous (C-1) cat­e­gory will be served no­tice for twice, later seven days af­ter serv­ing a sec­ond evic­tion no­tice un­der sc­tion 354 of the Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Act, if build­ing is not evac­u­ated, they can va­cate it forcibly. They have also men­tioned that they may seek small po­lice force for evac­u­a­tion. The BMC has urged an ur­gency in high court for the plea. The court heard the first plea on 8th May, and has or­dered the BMC and po­lice to work in tan­dem and take joint ac­tion in ac­cor­dance with law and has sched­uled the next hear­ing in June. So far, over 400 build­ings that are more than 30 years old have been de­clared as di­lap­i­dated. In all, there are over 32,000 over-30 build­ings and the num­ber will in­crease as other re­ports come in.

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