Mumbai: A major accident was averted when part of the 2nd floor of a cessed building at Nagpada collapsed leaving one injured. Byculla resident Rubina Shaikh, who suffered minor injuries, was taken to JJ Hospital and discharged.
The BMC’s disaster management team received a call at 3.25pm stating that the kitchen area of a building had collapsed. This incident comes nearly a month after the Hussaini building collapsed which claimed the lives of 33 people.
The ground plus three dilapidated structure, Khemu Yakub, was being repaired by MHADA’s Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board. These structures that are being repaired are cessed buildings. There are 1,400 such buildings in the entire ward that needs repairs. A repair cess was levied on old dilapidated tenanted buildings under the provisions of the Bombay Building Repairs and Reconstruction Act, 1969.
The repair cess goes to the Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board of MHADA which is responsible to carry out regular repairs of these buildings. The Free Press Journal had earlier reported that contractors had stopped repairing these buildings in B-ward after the MHADA did not clear their dues.