KDMC fails to raze un­safe build­ings

635 dan­ger­ous build­ings in Kalyan and Dom­bivli, but only four de­mol­ished so far

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Sa­jana Nam­biar

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.

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