TMC focuses on load-bearing buildings
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.