Thane strug­gles to evac­u­ate res­i­dents

66 dan­ger­ous and ex­tremely dan­ger­ous build­ings in Thane are still oc­cu­pied; of­fi­cials to force­fully shift ten­ants from un­safe struc­tures

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

More than 16 peo­ple have died in two build­ing col­lapses in this month in Bhi­wandi.

Thane city, which is grap­pling with il­le­gal con­struc­tions, has 86 fam­i­lies liv­ing in un­safe build­ings. Though the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) has served no­tices to res­i­dents, most have re­fused to move out of such build­ings. There are around 66 dan­ger­ous and ex­tremely dan­ger­ous build­ings which are oc­cu­pied.

The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion has va­cated around 128 build­ings since May us­ing po­lice force. It has failed to evac­u­ate 66 build­ings, out of which 42 are in Nau­pada.

An of­fi­cer, re­quest­ing anonymity, said, “Out of th­ese 66 build­ings, 22 are from C1 cat­e­gory (ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and has to be de­mol­ished) and 44 in C2A (dan­ger­ous and to be evac­u­ated and then re­paired). The great­est threat looms over Nau­pada where 86 fam­i­lies live in dan­ger­ous build­ings.”

In the last 10 days, two build­ings col­lapsed in Bhi­wandi, killing 16 peo­ple and in­jur­ing many. The build­ings had been is­sued evac­u­a­tion no­tices but the res­i­dents had re­fused to move out.

There were 149 build­ing in C 2A cat­e­gory and 90 in C1 cat­e­gory as per the fresh sur­vey by the TMC in April and May. Out of th­ese, 72 build­ings from C2A and 56 from C 1 have been evac­u­ated.

“Over 86 fam­i­lies live in 17 build­ings in C1 cat­e­gory and 25 in C2 A. Most of th­ese build­ings are stuck ow­ing to the con­flict be­tween ten­ants, own­ers and de­vel­op­ers. Af­ter the col­lapse of Kr­ishna Ni­was last year, we passed a res­o­lu­tion which safe­guards the rights of the ten­ants,” the of­fi­cer added.

Out of the 128 build­ings evac­u­ated, only 32 have been de­mol­ished. The build­ing in C2 A can be de­mol­ished only af­ter the struc­tural au­dit of the build­ing is sub­mit­ted. Su­nil Cha­van, ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, said, “We will make it manda­tory for res­i­dents to va­cate all dan­ger­ous build­ings. If res­i­dents don’t va­cate, we will force­fully shift them.” Khan Build­ing LBS Road is one of the di­lap­i­dated struc­tures in Thane which is oc­cu­pied by res­i­dents.

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