Di­lap­i­dated build­ing col­lapses in Dom­bivli

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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