After MHADA now BMC declares 542 dilapidated bldgs in city
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in its pre-monsoon survey for dilapidated buildings has declared 542 buildings in Mumbai extremely dangerous and dilapidated, and in need of immediate evacuation. BMC has asked the residents of these buildings, which have been put in the C-1 category – to vacate their homes. It has also warned the residents it won’t take responsibility in the event of a mishap, as it is the residents who have been unwilling to vacate the premises, in spite of several reminders and warnings. Out of the total 542 buildings, a majority are in L ward, which corresponds to Kurla, where 116 buildings have been put in the C-1 category. The structures include private, municipal, Mhada and other government-owned buildings. One of the BMC official, said only residents of municipal buildings would be given alternate accommodation. The civic body, which has been unsuccessful in demolishing dilapidated buildings, was recently asked by the civic chief to file affidavits in court, explaining the condition of dilapidated buildings that are stuck in litigation. The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) had also conducted their pre-monsoon survey and have declared 14 buildings extremely dangerous in the island city, and asked that 537 tenants be shifted to transit accommodation urgently. Residents are not willing to leave their homes, as they might have to spend years in transit camps, due to delays in redevelopment of their buildings which can be caused because of various reasons. Presently, there are 14,858 dilapidated structures in the city, all of which were constructed prior to 1969. Their repairs are undertaken by the Mhada repair board.