KDMC fails to raze unsafe buildings
635 dangerous buildings in Kalyan and Dombivli, but only four demolished so far
KALYAN: Only four of 635 dangerous buildings in Kalyan and Dombivli have been demolished by the civic authorities, highlighting fears of thousands of residents living in these dilapidated structures.
Around 1.5 lakh residents live in these buildings.
The KDMC chief had asked ward officers to survey buildings, serve notices, demolish structures which do not have any residents and also ask residents to vacate who are still occupying the dangerous structures by June 6.
“We have asked the civic ward officers to prepare a detailed a report of their wards on dilapidated buildings and submit it to the civic body chief. The ward officials have already submitted the report,” said Suresh Pawar, deputy municipal commissioner.
“Several structure are disputed and so it takes time to vacate them. I have directed the ward officers to expedite the work,” he said.
A survey by the municipal corporation reveals that there a re 2 9 7 di l api d at e d a nd 3 3 8 extremely dilapidated buildings in Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation area. Out of these, 14 buildings are vacant.
Ward officer of C ward Arun Wankhede said: “Two buildings have been vacated in my ward. We convince the families to vacate the building as it was extremely dilapidated. We will demolish another two structures next week.”
There are eight wards in the KDMC area. Last year, 27 villages were added to the KDMC and the authorities are yet to figure out the total number of dilapidated buildings in these villages. The survey work is still on.
Even as monsoon is just days away, ward officers are yet to start demolition work. “We have not yet demolished any of the dangerous structures as the residents are not willing to shift. Last year, we demolished five structures in our ward but this year we are yet to start demolition work. We have served notices to all such buildings,” said Prabhakar Pawar, ward officer of B ward.
Some ward officers claimed that they had put up notices in dangerous buildings.
“We have served notices to all the 56 buildings that are dangerous. We have also put up notices to war n residents and asking them to vacate the buildings,” said Madhukar Shinde, ward officer for G ward of KDMC.
Last year, the number of dilapidated buildings in Kalyan and Dombivli were 686, which included 291 dilapidated structures and 395 extremely dilapidated ones.