Mumbai : The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC’s) short film on the precarious state of dilapidated buildings has failed to instill a sense of awareness among Mumbaikars, most of whom work from 10 am to 5 pm, the scheduled viewing hours at the ward office-turned theatre. So, now BMC ward officers will use road ‘chowks’ (crossings) to screen these short films for creating awareness among people about the dangerous state of the residences in these buildings that were categorized as C1 (highly dangerous category).

The civic authorities are also visiting citizens at their homes and showing the CD of the short film in the comfort of their homes.

Last week, Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte had said to FPJ, “BMC has made a short film to create awareness about the dangerous buildings. The 21-minute short film would be shown to people at the ward level. It would be shown from May 22 to 24.”

However, the initiative taken by the BMC received only a mild response at the ward level. Additional Municipal Commissioner of ‘C’ Ward, Sangita Hansale, said, “Letters were distributed asking people to come over for the short movie. But no one turned up. Now, we will use road ‘chowks’ (crossings) to screen these short films.” The BMC officials will also need permission from the local police station.

While the situation at D Ward was nothing better, Additional Municipal Commissioner of ‘D’ Ward, Parag Masurkar, said, “As people did not turn up for the short movie that we had shown, a copy of the CD was taken to their residences and shown to create awareness.”

Some ward officers said the short film is receiving good response in some areas. Ward officer of K East Ward, Bhagyashree Kapse, said, “Around 250 people have seen the short film and given their positive response.”

“The programme was for three days, but we have continued it even after that,” added Kapse.

Water, light connections cut

BMC disconnected water and light connections of 6 BIT chawl buildings on Monday. BMC ‘C’ Ward officer, Sangita Hansale, said to FPJ, “Six months ago, six buildings in BIT Chawl in Chandanwadi at Marine Lines had been declared as highly dangerous by the civic body. But residents are not vacating the buildings, so BMC disconnected water and light connections.

Sachin Unhalekar

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