Panvel residents told to vacate unsafe buildings
Panvel Municipal Council lists 37 extremely dilapidated buildings, asks owners and tenants to resolve disputes and vacate structures before rain
PANVEL: Residents of 37 extremely dilapidated buildings have been asked to vacate their houses immediately.
The Panvel Municipal Council (PMC) has issued notices to them.
There are disputes amongst tenants and owners in several structures which have led to families not ready to leave their houses despite risk to their lives. This has become a cause of concern for PMC.
Panvel is an old city steeped in history and culture.
The PMC itself is 150 years old. The region which had a port, wholesale market and other business centres was known as a Wada city with a number of small and big bungalows in the area.
While buildings have replaced most bungalows, there are still several old structures in the city. Several of the structures are crumbling and unsafe place to live in.
Taking into account the recent building collapse incidents in Mumbai and Thane, the PMC does not want to take a chance.
To ensure there is no untoward incident of building collapse in Panvel, it has issued notices to residents to vacate the dangerous structures. The ward officers have met the owners and the residents and explained to them the situation. The disputes between the owners and the tenants are, however, proving to be a major hurdle.
Last year, a dilapidated structure in Mirchi Galli area collapsed. Fortunately, no one was living there.
The dangerous buildings are not being vacated by tenants who are in dispute with the owners as they fear losing possession of the property. They prefer risking their lives.
The PMC administration has under its disaster management plan, published the names of the dilapidated structures, their owners and asked them to demolish the structures.
A structure in Panvel bus
depot had been included in the list last year. Soon after the notice was issued, the building was pulled down. But, that has not happened with other buildings.
PMC president Charusheela Gharat said, “We have sent notices to the building owners, asking them to ensure that dangerous buildings are vacated.”
She added, “There are disputes between the owners and tenants in several cases. We are making efforts to ensure that the issues are resolved amicably and the buildings are vacated.”
Sanjay Katekar, the city engineer, said: “Dangerous buildings need urgent repairs. It is mandatory for every society to get structural audit of its building done. However, it is not done.”
He added, “The disputes among the owners and tenants are causing problems. Notices have been issued to 37 structures. We hope they will take necessary action at the earliest.”
The Panvel Municipal Council (PMC) has issued notices to residents of 37 dangerous buildings. While buildings have replaced most bungalows, there are still several old structures in the city. Manorma, Sita Niwas and Trimurti Apartments are some of the structures which are crumbling.