Onus of fallen bldgs on as­sis­tant chiefs: TMC

Thane civic body wants to evac­u­ate dan­ger­ous build­ings be­fore mon­soon

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Naveeta Singh naveeta. singh@ dnain­dia. net

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.

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