Mumbai: SBUT struggles to shift residents to transit camps following Bhendi Bazaar building collapse

Mumbai: In a bid to avoid any untoward incident following the Bhendi Bazaar building collapse, senior officials of the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) are going door-to-door to the tenants of dilapidated structures requesting them to shift in transit camps. In the last 10-15 days, the trust has signed agreements with more than 75 tenants of dilapidated structures to shift them to transit camps. The SBUT is motivating people to leave dilapidated buildings by sharing stories on social media of tenants who have happily shifted to transit camps.

Commenting on the progress of vacating the dilapidated buildings, one of the member of the SBUT said that the issue is very sensitive and senior officials have taken upon themselves to personally meet all the tenants of these dangerous structures.

“We have always been active on our social media handle. Now we are visiting every house to convince people to shift to transit camps. The response has been so good that even the non-cooperative tenants have agreed on shifting to the transit camps. Our social media campaign where we are sharing stories of others have received a very good response.” Also, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority has provided the trust with 1500 flats as transit camps.

The move comes following the Husaini Building Collapse at Bhendi Bazaar which claimed the lives of 33 people. Husaini building was a part of the cluster redevelopment project worth Rs 4000 crore. The project belonged to the SBUT in which nearly 250 structures are supposed to be redeveloped under Development Control Rules 33 (9) (Cluster Redevelopment Scheme).

The 16.5-acre redevelopment project involved rehabilitating over 3, 200 residential tenants and 1200 commercial units. The SBUT member revealed that till date more than 1,800 residential tenants have been shifted to their transit camps. The project has been divided into three phases wherein the work of cluster-1 and cluster-3 has already started. The trust aims to rehabilitate 600 residents back in the redeveloped structure by 2019.

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