Killer Build­ings

India Today - - MAIL -

The fact that the build­ing near Dock­yard Road, Mum­bai, col­lapsed on Septem­ber 27 killing 61 peo­ple, speaks mainly about neg­li­gence of Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( BMC ) in mon­i­tor­ing the safety of the build­ing and its res­i­dents (“Built to Kill” , Oc­to­ber 14 ). BMC needs to be very strict in ob­serv­ing con­struc­tion reg­u­la­tions and qual­ity of build­ing ma­te­ri­als. Ten­ants of build­ing be­long­ing to the ‘di­lap­i­dated’ cat­e­gory must be made to va­cate the build­ing well in time and shifted to al­ter­na­tive houses. They should be as­sured a home when build­ing is re­paired and re-de­vel­oped.

RAMESH D., Ban­ga­lore The col­lapse of a multi-storey build­ing in Dock­yard Road should be an eye­opener for all state gov­ern­ments and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in In­dia. Cor­rupt of­fi­cials and con­struc­tion mafia con­tinue to jeop­ar­dise the lives of thou­sands of res­i­dents in the coun­try by con­struct­ing il­le­gal build­ings that flout safety reg­u­la­tions.


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