The incident of building collapse in the last week at Kurla claiming 19 lives and injuring 14 has shaken the residents staying in dilapidated buildings in the city. The BMC has demolished 122 buildings this year, still, thousands of people are staying in 199 dangerous buildings endangering their precious lives. While the occupants of 131 buildings have moved to court challenging the eviction order.
In a pre-monsoon survey, the BMC has declared 337 buildings dangerous for inhabitation. Later, the civic body added 45 dilapidated buildings to the earlier list. According to the BMC's policy, buildings that are more than 30 years old are eligible for audit. Based on a survey, the civic body classifies the buildings in various categories and decides whether they should be demolished completely or allowed to be repaired. The buildings, which should be demolished immediately, are tagged as C-1.
"Earlier there were 455 dilapidated buildings in the city, out of which we demolished 122 and repaired 17, This year before monsoon we have even vacated 117 dangerous buildings. But in other extreme cases, the inhabitants don't vacate the buildings despite stringent measures of disconnection power and water supply. There is no housing policy or provision to provide alternative accommodation to the residents, so when they get stay on the eviction order we get helpless, said the civic official.
According to data shared by the civic officials 199 buildings are still occupied. The residents of these buildings were asked to leave the structures immediately. But, tenants of 131 buildings have gone to the courts and got a stay order. In other 49 cases, the BMC had disconnected power and water supply. Nine cases are pending with the Standing Technical Advisory Committee, while only the water connection of 9 and electricity of one building have been disconnected.
A coordination meeting of the disaster management authorities and several government agencies was held on Friday. Ashwini Bhide, the additional municipal commissioner said in the meeting that the BMC will speed up evicting people from these dilapidated structures with the help of the Mumbai police.
Total dilapidated buildings - 455
Demolished - 122
Repaired - 17
Occupied - 199
Court cases - 131
Water and electricity disconnected - 49
Structural audit committee - 09
water supply disconnected - 09
Electricity disconnected - 01