Af­ter MHADA now BMC de­clares 542 di­lap­i­dated bldgs in city

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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.

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