BMC filed petition in HC for seeking authority to vacate residence from dilapidated bldgs.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has filed a petition before Bombay High Court for seeking authority for vacating residence from dilapidated and dangerous buildings, as BMC is facing problems in evacuating the residents who are unwilling to leave their homes in such buildings. Recently, many cases of crashing of dilapidated buildings have occurred, where residents do not vacate their premises even though it is declared as dilapidated and dangerous by BMC. Hence, BMC has proposed for permission to forcibly vacate such buildings.
In the petition BMC has mentioned that the building which are declared as dilapidated and dangerous (C-1) category will be served notice for twice, later seven days after serving a second eviction notice under sction 354 of the Municipal Corporation Act, if building is not evacuated, they can vacate it forcibly. They have also mentioned that they may seek small police force for evacuation. The BMC has urged an urgency in high court for the plea. The court heard the first plea on 8th May, and has ordered the BMC and police to work in tandem and take joint action in accordance with law and has scheduled the next hearing in June. So far, over 400 buildings that are more than 30 years old have been declared as dilapidated. In all, there are over 32,000 over-30 buildings and the number will increase as other reports come in.