Many Gokul Niwas waiting to happen
"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.