Onus of fallen bldgs on assistant chiefs: TMC
Thane civic body wants to evacuate dangerous buildings before monsoon
The monsoon is hardly a month away and the TMC has already pulled up its socks to tackle the contingencies that heavy showers may cause, and to ensure that no lives are lost if dangerous buildings collapse, the civic body has made its assistant commissioners accountable for the same.
Come the monsoon and buildings start collapsing in Thane like a pack of cards. While most cities think of ways to deal with water logging and bad roads, Thane’s civic administration has the added burden of dealing with dangerous and illegal buildings collapsing. Hence the Thane Municipal Corporation ( TMC) commissioners have now made the assistant commissioners of each ward acc o u n t a b l e f o r s u ch situations.
“The assistant commissioners have to ensure that the dangerous buildings are vacated by residents by May 31,” said Sandip Malvi, public relations officer and deputy commissioner, TMC. “If they fail to do so and if the buildings collapse resulting in a loss of lives, then the assistant commissioners will be held responsible for it,” he added.
Similarly, officials have been warned to keep their mobile phones switched on so that they are accessible to residents as well as to the TMC. “Officials whose phones will be unreachable will be taken to task,” Malvi said. “They have also been asked to prepare a list of contact num- bers to be reached out during any emergencies,” he said.
Plus, the TMC has to complete the cleaning of nullahs by June to avoid water logging.
Moreover, the residents of the dangerous buildings who vacate their structures will be provided with rental housing either in TMC’s Dosti complex at Vartaknagar or in other areas of the city. If that is not available, they will be given accommodation on rent under the BSUP ( basic service to the urban poor) scheme.