Mumbai: In its pre-monsoon survey report 2017, the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) has identified nine cessed buildings as dilapidated and unfit for occupation. Of these nine structures, six buildings are repeated in this year’s dilapidated list. In all, there are around 500 tenants (247 families and 253 commercial outlets) in these dilapidated structures.
These nine structures are located in areas such as Colaba, Kazi Sayyed Street, Nagdevi Cross Lane, Masjid Street, Chandanwadi, Tardeo and Kala Chowki. The authorities have already issued notice to evacuate to these buildings.
There are 14,375 cessed buildings in the city of which there are just nine that are in C1 category (extremely dangerous state and may collapse any moment during the monsoon). A senior MHADA official confirmed that there are 155 tenants that have refrained from evacuating the buildings.
The Mumbai Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board (MBRRB) offers temporary alternative accommodation in their transit camps to the residents of buildings that are taken up for repairs or reconstruction.
Housing Minister Prakash Mehta said, “It is necessary for the residents to evacuate these buildings immediately to avoid an untoward incident. Also, the residents need to corporate with the authorities for the evacuation process. They will be provided with alternated accommodation in transit camps.”
Commenting on the delay in MHADA lottery 2017, Subhas Lakhe, Chief Officer MHADA, said that the authority is waiting for the Real Estate Regulatory Act to be implemented. Lakhe said, “There will around 700 houses to offer from the Low Income and Middle Income groups, which are the affordable homes, this year. We are waiting the developers to register themselves on the RERA website after which we will announce the lottery.”
Interestingly, Esplanade Mansion, a heritage structure, near Kalaghoda has been in Mumbai Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board’s (MBRRB) dilapidated list since 2007. The tenants have filed a petition in Bombay High Court on its repairs and redevelopment.