Many Gokul Ni­was wait­ing to hap­pen

Accommodation Times - - Editorial - By Dr. San­jay Chaturvedi, LLB (Gen), PhD

"C" and "D" wards are so con­gested that neigh­bour of another build­ing on the same fllor height ex­change Achar and Chutni. En­tire jew­ellery mak­ing, diamond pol­ish­ing, po­lethe man­u­fac­tur­ing and small man­u­fac­tur­ing hap­pens in those death trap build­ings. Each room filled with 40 to 50 peo­ple in di­lap­i­dated build­ings and most of the build­ing are Cess build­ing which means re­pair board is re­spon­si­ble for their re­pairs since al­most 70 years it is col­lect­ing Re­pair Cess from these build­ings. In spite of col­lect­ing Cess, peo­ple are liv­ing dan­ger­ously. Build­ings are 100 to 150 year old and com­pletely wood struc­ture in­side invit­ing fire. That is why Fire Of­fi­cer told Su­pereme Court, in case of Ko­hi­noor In­fra­struc­ture Ltd V/s. BMC that they re­quire 6 mteres from road side va­cant space to turn their fire en­gines. On this, Supreme Court de­clared S.44A of DCR un­con­sti­tu­tional and Bad in Law. Now it is manda­tory to leave atleast 6 me­tere from both side of the road to make turn the fire en­gines. We are liv­ing dan­ger­ously and wait­ing some more Gokul Ni­was to hap­pen since 100 odd old build­ings are fire death trap, with no ven­ti­la­tion, no struc­tural au­dits and no fire safety. Tall tow­ers in south Mum­bai, which are cost­ing heav­ens are also vul­ner­a­ble to fire since ap­proach roads do not al­low fire en­gines to reach them and even if there are spa­ces, it is not suf­fi­cient enough to do the job. Faulty fire equip­ments and show pieces of such mock fire drills pro­vided by builder are of sub­stan­dard and and just to show Fire depart­ment that com­pli­ance is done, such dummy equip­ments are in­stalled. Re­cent fire in Omkar Al­ta­mount at Malad and Nir­mal Lifestyle Mall at Mu­lund are ex­am­ples to take fire safety se­ri­ously. Al­most 19000 di­lap­i­dated build­ings are wait­ing to get such dis­as­ter.

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