Dilapidated building collapses in Dombivli
Nine families living in an extremely dilapidated threestorey structure at Patharli gaon, Dombivli, were evacuated after a portion of the gallery collapsed on Wednesday.
The building was on the municipal corporation’s list of 338 extremely dilapidated buildings.
After the 35-year-old Dashrath Gaikwad building collapsed, the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation officials began evacuating the families.
“We are homeless now as we don’t have a place to live. I was waiting for the building owner to settle all payments before shifting,” said Tahira Shaikh, 40, who had been living in the building for last five years on rent.
“The owner has to return Rs50,000 deposit. There is no paper work done properly which is why my money is still with him,” he said.
A survey by the municipal corporation reveals that there are 297 dilapidated and 338 extremely dilapidated buildings in the seven wards. The civic body started serving notices to these structures since May and the unsafe buildings had to be demolished before monsoon but the KDMC failed to do so.
The civic body said it had been asking residents to vacate the building.
“Even after repeated notices, the residents did not vacate the building. We have served notices to them and disconnected the water supply a few days ago. The building was declared extremely dilapidated and was unsafe to live in,” said Bharat Jadhav, ward officer, KDMC.
After the incident, civic officials have asked the nearby residents to shift as the entire structure would be pulled down.
“We have asked the nearby residents to vacate the place until demolition work is done. Since the building owner did not demolish the structure, we will do it ourselves,” added Jadhav.
The local corporator said the residents had been living in the building, risking their lives. “Some families had left the building while some had approached court. I have appealed to the municipal corporation to make available an alternative place for those who are homeless,” said Nilesh Mhatre, local corporator.