Unsafe struc­tures with mo­bile tow­ers to be served no­tice

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Pad­mja Sinha

KALYAN: The Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has now trained its gun on dan­ger­ous build­ings which have in­stalled mo­bile tow­ers.

It has started tak­ing steps to re­move the mo­bile tow­ers and de­mol­ish the dan­ger­ous build­ings. The de­ci­sion comes af­ter res­i­dents’ group from Patharli in Dom­bivli (East) com­plained about mo­bile tow­ers in­stalled on top of dan­ger­ous build­ing.

The KDMC has 630 dan­ger­ous struc­tures, out of which, 295 are dan­ger­ous and 335 ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

Srikant Kale, 40, has been liv­ing in Patharli for the past 15 years.

“Sathula is one of the dan­ger­ous build­ings in the area and it can­not take the weight of mo­bile tow­ers. If the build­ing falls, it will dam­age the nearby build­ing. We com­plained to the KDMC about it,” said Kale.

Act­ing on the com­plaint filed two months ago, the town plan­ning depart­ment has re­viewed the build­ing. It has or­dered the owner to re­move the mo­bile tower and de­mol­ish the build­ing as it is unsafe for the nearby res­i­dents.

The of­fi­cials have also started re­view­ing other dan­ger­ous struc­tures which have mo­bile tow­ers. The ward of­fi­cers have been asked to iden­tify such struc­tures and serve them no­tice.

“Fol­low­ing the com­plaint, we are look­ing at other struc­tures as well, and serv­ing no­tices to the own­ers to de­mol­ish the build­ing. While in­stalling a mo­bile tower, the struc­tural sta­bil­ity of the build­ing is a must. It has not been fol­lowed by many,” said Pramod Kulka­rni, KDMC city en­gi­neer.

No com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ment or hous­ing so­ci­ety should in­stall mo­bile tow­ers with­out the civic body’s per­mis­sion.

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