TMC fo­cuses on load-bear­ing build­ings

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com An old build­ing at Hanu­man Tekadi in Thane.

The re­cent col­lapse of the Ma­hadev Gupta build­ing in Bhi­wandi has raised the ques­tion of age-old load bear­ing build­ings in Thane.

The civic au­thor­i­ties have given di­rec­tives to the ward of­fi­cers to va­cate the load-bear­ing con­struc­tions which are over 50 to 60 years old.

The Ma­hadev build­ing which col­lapsed in Bhi­wandi on Sun­day was a load bear­ing build­ing. The Kr­ishna Ni­was which col­lapsed a year ago in Thane was also a load-bear­ing build­ing.

Both the build­ings had il­le­gal al­ter­ations, in­creas­ing the load on the build­ings, lead­ing to its col­lapse. In load-bear­ing build­ings, the en­tire load of the slab is on the wall of the build­ing. There is no pil­lar to support the build­ing.

An of­fi­cial re­quest­ing anonymity said, “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion report on the Kr­ishna Ni­was build­ing col­lapse re­vealed that the build­ing was a load-bear­ing build­ing where in cer­tain il­le­gal al­ter­ca­tions were made. We could not find out which floor the al­ter­ations were done as the build­ing had col­lapsed. This build­ing was not in the list of the dan­ger­ous build­ings. Thus we have de­cided to fo­cus on load­bear­ing build­ings.”

Most of th­ese build­ings are in old Thane and in al­most 90 per cent cases there is a dis­pute be­tween the owner and the ten­ants due to which the ten­ants and not will­ing to va­cate the build­ings, the of­fi­cial said.

It is manda­tory to carry out an au­dit of build­ings which are more than 30 years old.

The TMC has given di­rec­tives for an au­dit.

“Most load-bear­ing build­ings are in Nau­pada, Charai, Uthal­sar or B Cabin. We have not done a sur­vey but we have given di­rec­tives to ward of­fi­cers to find th­ese build­ings and va­cate them if they are over five or six decades old,” said the TMC of­fi­cial.

PRA­FUL GANGURDE

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