High structures, staircases with faulty design, high-tension wires running through the length and breadth of lanes and blocked drainage systems – this is not a war zone but a residential area. What is most striking here are the kundi (power pilferage) connections and high tension wires running close to the buildings. “The ideal distance between the wires and buildings should be at least 6 metres to prevent damage in case of a fire outbreak. However, if there is a fire spread by wind in the surrounding buildings, then the distance should be at least be four to five times more to prevent damage to transmission lines or transformers,” says a structural safety expert.
Most of the high-risk structures here have basements and these are being used as storage spaces for heavy machineries. Most of them don’t have any escape routes and are cramped.