Kalyan res­i­dents in shaky build­ings face strict ac­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pad­mja Sinha pad­mja.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The build­ing col­lapse in Bhi­wandi has prod­ded the Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) to re­view its list of dan­ger­ous build­ings.

There are 634 dan­ger­ous struc­tures in KDMC ju­ris­dic­tion. Among these, 296 are dan­ger­ous but can be re­paired and 338 are ex­tremely dan­ger­ous. Five ex­tremely dan­ger­ous build­ing have been de­mol­ished and oth­ers have got no­tice to va­cate.

KDMC pub­lic re­la­tions officer Prasad Thakur said: “Bhi­wandi col­lapse is a les­son. We have asked the ward of­fi­cers to serve no­tices, tell oc­cu­pants about dan­gers of liv­ing in dan­ger­ous and di­lap­i­dated build­ings. If peo­ple don’t va­cate even then, water and power sup­ply might be cut and we would force them out of dan­ger­ous build­ings.”

Thakur said they don’t have a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion plan for those who va­cate their homes but are look­ing at tem­po­rary op­tions such as com­mu­nity halls to re­lo­cate them.

When E Ravendi­ran took over as KDMC chief in 2015, a meet­ing was called on di­lap­i­dated build­ing. A team of ward of­fi­cers, two ex­ec­u­tive engi­neers, two deputy engi­neers and two sur­vey of­fi­cers in charge looked into the is­sue. But, other then col­lat­ing data, not much was done.

KDMC civic chief E Ravendi­ran, who is also in charge of Bhi­wandi-Nizam­pur Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, could not be reached for com­ment. He didn’t re­spond to the text mes­sage.

Ac­cord­ing to re­cent fig­ure by PRO depart­ment, BNMC has 655 dan­ger­ous and ex­tremely dan­ger­ous struc­tures among which 17 are un­fit for liv­ing and this in­cludes three school build­ings.

Af­ter Kabir Seth build­ing in Gaibi Na­gar col­lapsed killing eight and in­jur­ing 22 peo­ple, the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions are on toes to pre­vent such in­ci­dents.

Bhi­wandi-Nizam­pur Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion pub­lic re­la­tions officer Sachin Zhalke said:“We have been re­mind­ing oc­cu­pants that build­ings are not safe. Kabir Seth build­ing too had been given evac­u­a­tion no­tice. Few oc­cu­pants had left while oth­ers con­tinue to live there.”

He said they had also dis­con­nected power and water sup­ply but res­i­dents had re­fused to va­cate. “Now, the ward of­fi­cers have been asked to send no­tices to oc­cu­pants of 17 dan­ger­ous build­ings. If they fail to va­cate, power and water sup­ply would be cut and we may seek po­lice help to re­move res­i­dents,” said Zhalke.

The cor­po­ra­tion does not have a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion plan for the dis­placed so res­i­dents are un­will­ing to leave their homes. “A draft has been made to re­ha­bil­i­tate peo­ple in com­mu­nity halls and night shel­ters. Once the plan is ap­proved by the civic chief, the 17 build­ings will be evac­u­ated and de­mol­ished within three to four days,” said Zhalke.

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