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

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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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

MANORMA BUILD­ING

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.

TRIMURTI APART­MENTS

SITA NI­WAS

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